Economist Jim Stanford talks about the future of work -- during COVID-19 times and beyond

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Today we invite our readers and listeners behind the scenes to a part of's members' council.  

At our meetings, what we try to do is bring in someone who can spark a conversation about the times we're in and the issues we cover on This presentation was so good that we wanted to share it with the rest of the rest of you.

Our guest is Jim Stanford. Many of you already know the work that he has been doing in Canada and abroad. For over 20 years he's been one of this country's best known commentators on economic issues. In the introduction to Stanford's work, here's what Bob Gallagher of the members council had to say -- "He's part of that very rare breed of political commentators who actually comes at it from a perspective that understands labour, understands workers, understands the politics in political economy. Most of our commentators refuse to acknowledge that there's any politics in political economy. He's done a great job of pushing forward the idea that you need a perspective that recognizes the politics that are endemic in our system and inequalities in our system."

Stanford's topic from the's members council meeting was focused around the effects of COVID-19 on workers. And it goes beyond that -- even before COVID happened, there was a lot wrong in the world of work, and this talk explores what those issues are and some ideas about how this can be fixed. Not a small subject.

At the time of this meeting, June 11, 2020, he had only been back in Canada for 42 days, having just returned from a posting in Australia.  He's started a new organization called the Centre for Future Work, based in Vancouver, based on a similar organization he worked with in Australia.

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