ANU/CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT
Jennifer Rayner will be in conversation with Frank Bongiorno on Jennifer's new book, Blue Collar Frayed. Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy.
Blue-collar jobs for Australian men are disappearing at a rapid rate, and this is not just a product of unstoppable economic forces - it's also the result of our failure to acknowledge the importance of those jobs and the people who do them. The men now losing their jobs in heavy industry or trades will not easily find new work in Australia's growing service industries; the evidence shows they are disengaging from the workforce instead.
Drawing on extensive research and many interviews, Rayner argues that there can be blue-collar jobs in our future economy; in fact, we can't keep building a fair and prosperous Australia without them. Humane and clear-eyed, Blue Collar Frayed is a vital contribution to our national conversation.
For more information visit: http://www.anu.edu.au/events/in-conversation-with-jennifer-rayner