social care

Losing Kathy: Slow Violence and Social Service Work in New York City

An essay written in 2018 and updated in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and prior to the June 2020 uprisings. Explores the death of a woman named 'Kathy' through the eyes of a frontline social worker. Originally published on the website of Hard Crackers.

Austerity for the Essential: The Struggle of Personal Support Workers

Mainstream news sources, for the last decade, have been reporting on the increased frequency of the “hallway healthcare” phenomena in Ontario hospitals. Over this time the problem has grown into a norm, rather than an alarming exception.

Careworkers: Cannon fodder to the coronavirus?

An article by a careworker in Manchester Solfed about how careworkers are being treated during the current crisis

Careworkers: Cannon fodder to the coronavirus?

An article by a careworker in Manchester Solfed about how careworkers are being treated during the current crisis

The Crisis in Care For the Elderly

The dire situation really does pose the question of what sort of society we should and could be living in the 21st century.

Care Workers and the Sleep-in Crisis at Tipping Point

Care workers employed by care provider Alternative Futures Group (AFG) have recently voted on industrial action in a Unison organised ballot over the long-running, sleep-in dispute. Ballots have now been counted, and 87.4% voted to strike on a 51.5% turnout.

Occupied Zuccotti, Social Struggle and Planned Shrinkage

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A pamphlet written during the height of the Occupy Wall Street struggles in New York City, which looks at how class composition and decomposition developed in the park. The pamphlet is composed of two pieces. First, a reflection and analysis of how class composition functioned in the movement space. The second part of the pamphlet is an interview conducted with Deborah Wallace looking at the history of planned shrinkage in New York City. Given this pamphlet is more than 6 years old, the specifics on resources available to people have changed over time - this pamphlet should be seen as a reflection at a specific point in time.

Case Con: A Revolutionary Magazine for Social Workers

Most issues of Case Con: A Revolutionary Magazine for Social Workers from the 1970s. Most issues are complete and readable. A handful of the scans are not complete and clear.

Careless: Care work in West London

A friend working in social care wrote down some experiences from the job. Of particular interest given the current debate about care crisis and election pledges.

Muting the SWAN: a radical alternative to Trotskyist social work

Critique of the Social Work Action Network, a group aiming to bring social workers and other interested parties together to campaign against austerity, by an angry social worker. SWAN's activism happens in the classroom or on the streets, but not in the workplace itself.