Winner of the 2018 Fair Australia Prize – Best NUW Member Entry, by Yusniza Yusoff.
‘You either deliveridoo or you deliveridont’
Will Shu yelled at me from app land.
But that was yesterday.
Today I’m tender, teased, and toastie,
everything shows it off.
Winner of the 2018 Fair Australia Prize – Migrant Worker, Ridwan Aziz, on labour and activism in contemporary farm work.
Since beginning work as an early childhood educator two years ago, I have been struck by the psychological difficulties of performing work that is poorly paid and poorly respected, but that encompasses big, life-giving acts of care, intimacy, warmth, and even love. An emotive dissonance, as Arlie Hochschild would call it. I have been frustrated by the ways in which the supposed feminine, non-technical nature of these life-giving acts is seen as justification for the lack of remuneration, the assumption being: that which is natural is free, or at least cheap. And further, I have been frustrated that in order to agitate for higher wages, early childhood activists have avoided talking of care and intimacy, instead emphasising the technical and bureaucratic aspects of our work.
A portrait of a a farm worker (one in a series) by Tia Kass, winner of the 2018 Fair Australia Prize – Cartoon.