Author: rebeccaprentice

Work injury compensation still missing in Bangladesh’s labour standards

rebeccaprentice , November 26th, 2018


by Rebecca Prentice **Republished from The Conversation.** In the five years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Bangladesh – in which more than 1,134…


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No Paninis for Poverty Pay

rebeccaprentice , October 5th, 2018


by Rebecca Prentice Throughout the UK yesterday restaurant and food delivery workers walked off their jobs to protest low wages, zero hours contracts, and unpredictable work schedules—including those…


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Deliveroo Riders Aren’t Workers, Says London Tribunal

rebeccaprentice , November 20th, 2017


by Rebecca Prentice In a surprise setback for trade unions attempting to organise the ‘gig’ economy, a London tribunal has ruled that Deliveroo riders are self-employed contractors, not…


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When buildings burn, from London to Dhaka

rebeccaprentice , June 20th, 2017


by Rebecca Prentice There is for me a sad familiarity in the story of the Grenfell Tower fire. I have spent recent years researching garment factory fires and…


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The Gig Economy Strikes Back: Deliveroo in Brighton

rebeccaprentice , May 8th, 2017


by Rebecca Prentice May 1, 2017: On a rainy evening in Brighton, more than two hundred people took to the streets to protest economic precariousness. The ‘Precarious May…


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The True Cost

rebeccaprentice , June 27th, 2016


by Rebecca Prentice **Originally published in Anthropology of Work Review (2016).** The global fashion industry is worth more than two trillion dollars, creating jobs, economic growth, tax earnings, a…


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Beyoncé’s Anthropology of Labour

rebeccaprentice , May 18th, 2016


by Rebecca Prentice Last Sunday, the headline screamed: “Exposed: Sweatshop ‘Slaves’ Earning Just 44p an Hour Making ‘Empowering’ Beyoncé Clobber.” British tabloid newspaper The Sun claimed that Beyon…


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Remembering Rana Plaza

rebeccaprentice , April 24th, 2016


by Rebecca Prentice It’s been three years since the most deadly disaster in garment manufacturing history: the April 24, 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building…


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