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.

Global Labour Column

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