A new hero has emerged in the wake of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus: the essential worker. A global crisis like the one we are facing now raises our awareness about how essential care and food are for human flourishing. The underlying logic is very simple: essential workers are lifemaking rather than product- or profit-making.
Care and food workers therefore top the list of occupations whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response that many governments have published. Yet, while essential workers keep the cogs of societies oiled and turning, most of them remain underpaid and underappreciated.

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Siegmann, K.A. (2020). From clapping for essential workers to revaluing them. Global Labour Column, May 2020(339), 1–2. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/127533