In the Fight of Our Lives


  • Carlo Fanelli York University
  • Heather Whiteside University of Waterloo


Pushed to the margins, workers are in the fight of their lives: on the frontlines of the pandemic, in their homes and workplaces, for climate justice and against the daily precariousness of life under capitalist oppression and exploitation. Globally, poverty rates have risen sharply with close to one-hundred million joining the ranks of the extreme poor (earning less than US$1.90 per day), and an additional eighty million more undernourished than before the pandemic. Cumulative per capita income losses over 2020-22, compared with pre-pandemic projections, are equivalent to 20 percent of GDP in emerging and developing countries (excluding China), while in advanced economies the losses are expected to be roughly half. COVID-19 has impacted the world of work and workers in unprecedented ways.




How to Cite

Fanelli, C. ., & Whiteside, H. . (2021). In the Fight of Our Lives : . Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, 32(1). Retrieved from