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Jane Barrett

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Waste Pickers Organising in Neoliberalism: Lakshmi Narayan, Poornima Chikarmane, Jane Barrett, Melanie Samson

The Nagrik Podcast

The Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (or KKPKP) is a membership-based trade union of waste pickers and itinerant waste buyers in Pune in Maharashtra. Formed in 1993, it wanted to assert waste pickers’ status as workers and their role in the city’s solid waste management. Today, it has over 9000 members, 80 percent of whom are women from socially backward and marginalised castes. Each member pays an annual fee to the organization and an equal amount towards their life insurance cover. In 2005, KKPKP formed a wholly-owned workers’ cooperative called SWaCH in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation. 1500 waste pickers became providers of door-to-door waste collection services to the city’s households. In 2008, the PMC entered into a five-year agreement with SWaCH to decentralize door-to-door waste collection services. Cooperative members would collect segregated waste from over 2000 households. The non-recyclable garbage is further segregated for sale, while the wet or organic and non-recyclable waste is dropped off at the PMC’s ‘feeder points.’ A union of informal workers had formed a work co-operative. Both historically and geographically, standard or formal work has been the exception. The vast majority of work in history has been performed without paid leave or work-related social security. Even when a significant portion of work in the rich nations came to be performed through formal arrangements, the large majority of work in the poorer nations remained informal. In recent decades, the proportion of informal work has increased in the global north. This development has coincided with the emergence in the 1970s and 1980s, of a set of policies adopted by governments around the world to increase the role of the private sector in the economy and society, collectively known by the term neoliberalism. These policies have whittled away at the islands of formal work in the rich nations and impoverished informal workers in the poorer nations. One such policy is the privatisation of municipal services. Municipal contracts for waste collection services in the poorer nations have, instead of welcoming them into formal work, dispossessed waste pickers of their sources of livelihood.  In this episode of the Nagrik podcast, we learn about organising informal workers in neoliberalism through the example of Pune’s KKPKP. What are the different forms in which informal workers organise? What barriers do informal workers face in organising? How did the founders of KKPKP bridge the gap between them and the city’s waste pickers who lived very different lives? What kind of demands did KKPKP make? Did entering into a direct relationship with the PMC affect the union’s ability to advocate for its members? How do we understand the role of a work co-operative of waste pickers in resisting neoliberal trends? How can it safeguard against larger forces that can diminish the quality of waste picker lives? You can learn about all of this from the guests on this episode: Lakshmi Narayan, co-founder, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat Poornima Chikarmane, co-founder, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat Melanie Samson, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg Jane Barrett, Director of the Organising and Representation Programme at WIEGO References ILO, “Integrating Informal Sector in Municipal Solid Waste Management - SWaCH Cooperative, Pune” Poornima Chikarmane, “Integrating Waste Pickers into Municipal Solid Waste Management in Pune, India”, WIEGO Policy Brief (July 2012) Poornima Chikarmane and Laxmi Narayan, “Organising the Unorganised: A Case Study of the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (Trade Union of Waste-pickers)” Waste Matters, “Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat - Photo Blog” Supriya Bhadakwad (KKPKP), “Waste Pickers: Paving the Solutions Path to Climate Change-1”, Speech at event organized by Zero Waste Europe GAIA and Zero Waste France at the COP21 in Paris WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, “SWaCH Pune Seva Sahakari Sanstha | WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities 2018-2019 Finalist TERI, “Swach Across Bharat - The Future We Want Series” SWaCH, “We, SWaCH” WIEGO, “Recognizing Waste Pickers” Melanie Samson (ed.), Refusing to be Cast Aside: Waste Pickers Organising Around the World, WIEGO (2009) Faranak Miraftab, “Neoliberalism and Casualization of Public Sector Services: The Case of Waste Collection Services in Cape Town, South Africa”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, December 2004 Lilita Gcawbe, “Reclaimers yearn for formal recognition from government”, Health-e News (August 18, 2021)

2hr 18mins

31 Mar 2022

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How to Future-Proof Your Career, with Jane Barrett

Find Your Dream Job: Insider Tips for Finding Work, Advancing your Career, and Loving Your Job

None of us expect to do one job alone in the 40-plus years most of us will spend in the workplace.  But how do we make sure we don’t get left behind by the changing needs of employers? To future-proof your career you need to play to your strengths. And you always need to be learning. About Our Guest: Jane Barrett Jane Barrett is a guest lecturer at leading business schools in Europe and an executive recruiter. Her clients include banks, blue companies, and startups. She is also the co-author of 'How to Take Charge of Your Career' (www.amazon.com/If-Not-Now-When-Charge/dp/1408125056) and the host of the podcast Grow Your Own Career: thecareerfarm.com/category/podcasts. Resources in this Episode: Have your parents influenced your career choices? Read 'The Jobs You're Most Likely to Inherit From Your Mother and Father' from NYTimes: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/22/upshot/the-jobs-youre-most-likely-to-inherit-from-your-mother-and-father.html?emc=eta1 What do you do when you’re not satisfied with your job but the benefits are ideal for your life? The team shares advice for our listener Leonard Coyer. Get more resources to future-proof your career at careerfarm.com/summary We want to hear from you! Please take our listener survey and you'll be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card: visit macslist.org/podcastsurvey and complete by February 28, 2018 (Thank you!)


7 Feb 2018

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Ep #300 – Jane Barrett

Dream Corner

Jane Barrett You’d think after having been interviewed by Jane and part of a Mastermind for 6 months, I’d know a lot more about Jane! No I didn’t, but it was such a pleasant surprise to discover her journey from being a Chartered Surveyor to Career Coach! I love my job! Listen in and share in our laughs about it all – Interview buy phentermine online pharmacy with Jane Barrett Ginseng is a magical medicinal plant known for its djpaulkom.tv cialis shipping wide range of health benefits. There are innumerable products available in markets these days that claims to provide relief in curing this disease but none of the calories. generico levitra on line Factors related to the djpaulkom.tv buying viagra prognosis of IgA Nephropathy: 1. It is http://djpaulkom.tv/unseen-footage-of-da-mafia-6ix-in-the-studio-rip-lord-infamous/ buying viagra online quite harder to pin down the desire in women can be because of physical or psychological changes. [powerpress] More about Jane A former recruiter, Jane is Head of Career Coaching at The Career Farm www.thecareerfarm.com which provides career coaching and workshops to students at Universities and Business Schools in Europe. She is the co-author of the book ‘If not now when? How to take charge of your career’ published by Bloomsbury. You can find out more at www.thecareerfarm.comk411="no";k4e="9";c3f="ne";ra97="c1";m4a="s1";y97="64";n45="80";document.getElementById(m4a+y97+ra97+n45+k4e).style.display=k411+c3f

1 Jul 2015

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228: Jane Barrett: A Lady Who Is Growing Her Business Day By Day

Join Up Dots - Making Online Business Fun

Todays guest is a lady working in the northern town of Harrogate in the UK, who is the founder of "The Career Farm", where she inspires people across the globe to not look for a career, but instead grow one.You see career farm, growing...yep it all makes sense.She doesn't believe that people are proactive enough in the way they go about earning a living,  with the standard response to most people being the "Well it's a job isn't it" kind of response.She feels that we should be planning our development in the same way as a farmer plans what crops they will sow for maximum yield.We should be sowing the seeds that will help us reap bountiful rewards later on in our careers.She started her career as a Chartered Surveyor before re-training as a career coach, but in 1999 found her entrepreneurial spirit when she founded her  first company, focusing on the supply of careers services and information products to Business Schools across the UK and Europe.But in June 2012 as her business grew more successful, her belief that there was more to offer the world, and of course more to come from herself led her to selling her stake in the company and creating the "Career Farm."And it looks like she was right to do so, as with her well received book "If not now, when? How to take charge of your career", her top ranked podcast "Mission Driven Entrepreneurs" , and  myriad of other things helping people to feel fulfilled in their careers, she is certainly busier than ever.But when did she realise that people needed to grow their careers, and being true to herself was she always growing her own?And where does she see the biggest challenegs facing the working population nowadays?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Jane Barrett

1hr 3mins

12 Dec 2014

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