How can unionisation resist gentrification?

 

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As part of Antiuniversity Now festival, 9-15 June 2018

“There is no alternative.”

The tabula rasa approach to development is carried through to the workplace. Treated as disposable – with low-pay, often illegal working hours, and bullying as general givens – we, as workers in regeneration, work to gentrify ourselves and others out of our homes.

As Architectural Workers, we ask if unionisation could not just be a means to fight for workers’ rights; but for a fairer city for everyone? Could, we – as activists, workers, and residents – build active resistance to housing precarity, and make spaces for collective organisation, learning, and recreation? What tactics could be mobilised to resist and refuse unethical work? What contemporary and historical labour and anti-gentrification struggles could we be inspired by; and how might they intersect and align?

This conversation is being co-facilitated by Architectural Workers, and members of United Voices of the World and the IWGB.

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