Working Life Photos

It is interesting that all the photos in the “Working Life – celebrated in photographs” ­ are of blue collar workers.

Working Life - comradeship

Not one photo is of white collar workers.

The Working Life website states:

“The world of manual work has virtually disappeared in Britain, most of it transported to the sweatshops of the Third World.”

This may be true, but why stereotype the working class as manual workers?

Are people only interested in the past? Are workers only seen to be in the developing countries?

Since the 1960s & 1970s, it is white collar workers who have formed an increasingly large section of the working class in many countries.

Perhaps failure to recognise this is one reason unionism is still so weak in white collar jobs.

See After the Waterfront for an analysis of both white collar and blue collar unionism

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