The Labour of Care

1 May 2018 6:30pm–8:00pm

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics,1 Sheffield St, London WC2A 2AP

If a society is judged on its ability to care for those who need support, what does it mean to turn caring into profit?

Caring is one of the most pressing concerns for anyone who is a parent, ageing, less able, and/or looking after anyone who needs support, yet it is often taken for granted as an activity.

This event will focus the consequences for care when the most basic human/e pursuit has been turned into a “for profit” activity.

What happens when a basic social emotion is monetised? What does this mean for the future of humanity?

To celebrate May Day the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, based at the International Inequalities Institute in the LSE, will explore the Labour of Care – the often-ignored activity of caring for another person – and it’s future role in social, political, and economic life.

Speakers include UNISON North West regional manager Kevin Lucas. talking about  Tameside homecare workers paid less than the national minimum wage on zero-hours contracts and ultimately employed by a private equity company.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Find out more about the event on the LSE website.