This week’s installment of labour themes in popular culture is Precarious Work by Mohammad Ali. This song stems from the Toronto rapper’s experience of trying to find a good job after graduating from Humber College and being confronted with various low-wage, part-time options.
I couldn’t find any lyrics online and damned if I was going to try and work them out myself so I guess you’ll just have to listen to this song. While the rapper is (I think) very measured and articulate in his criticism, the larger issue (from a political economy perspective) is what happens when a large segment of the population essentially loses hope in ever achieving a stable life?
-- Bob Barnetson