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Janitors and Sweatshop Citizenship in Canada

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Abstract:

Janitors in Canada increasingly suffer from what I call here “sweatshop citizenship”, which is a combination of disintegrating workplace rights and eroding social citizenship rights. This condition has been institutionalized by neoliberal state policies which have undermined the welfare state and the assumptions of citizenship which it embodied. Through an exploration of how sweatshop citizenship is being instituted in Ontario and British Columbia, I consider the difficulties which contemporary industrial practices in the cleaning industry and anti‐union legislation are presenting janitors, together with the possibility for their resisting such conditions.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0066-4812.2006.00589.x

Affiliations: Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences, University of British Columbia—Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada;, Email: luis.aguiar@ubc.ca

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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