5 November 2013, Hilary Wainwright
Conventionally, the concept of ‘labour’ is understood as referring to waged labour – the capacity to labour as exercised through a market. It was precisely this narrow understanding of labour that the discussions in this stream challenged from several angles.
Doing away with ‘labour’ (pdf, 110KB)
This report on the very rich but diverse contributions to this stream will be organised around the main conference theme: ‘from seed form to core paradigm’. Applying this idea to labour, the vision is of a paradigm shift from an economy in which our capacity to work, to labour or, in other words, to produce is managed as a commodity, priced, bought and sold on the ‘labour market’, to one in which this human capacity is managed as a commons, the responsibility of society, for the benefit of society. (Of course this raises big questions of the organisation of ‘society’ and, as always, the management of labour as a commons)