On the Move Partnership
Mobility for work is not new, but it is changing.
Across the world a wide range of people are mobile for work – women and men, citizens and temporary foreign workers, new workers and those near retirement. From hours-long daily commutes, to travel that takes workers away from home for days, weeks, months and even years; from mobility within work (truck driving, shipping and others) to mobility to get to and from work; from cars and buses, to trains, ships and planes; from highly-paid top executive jobs, to minimum-wage service jobs; from natural resource dependent industry to natural wonder dependent tourism – the types of mobility are many and changing.
The On the Move Partnership is a 7-year national scale research program with international links, investigating employment-related geographical mobility and its consequences for workers, families, employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments.
Partenariat en mouvement
La mobilité pour le travail n’est pas nouvelle, mais elle est en évolution.
À travers le monde, une vaste gamme de personnes se déplacent dans le contexte de leur travail: femmes et hommes, citoyennes et citoyens, travailleuses étrangères temporaires et travailleurs étrangers temporaires, nouvelles travailleuses et nouveaux travailleurs, ainsi que celles et ceux approchant la retraite. Des longues heures passées quotidiennement à faire la navette jusqu’au travail, aux emplois qui éloignent les personnes qui travaillent loin de leur domicile pendant des jours, des semaines, des mois et même des années; des voitures et des bus, aux trains, bateaux et avions; des postes bien rémunérés de hauts dirigeants, aux emplois tertiaires gagnant le salaire minimum; de l’industrie dépendante des ressources naturelles, à l’industrie touristique dépendant des merveilles naturelles – la gamme de la mobilité géographique pour le travail est large et dynamique.
Le partenariat en mouvement est une étude de recherche d’une durée de 7 ans avec des liens internationaux. Cette étude de recherche examine la gamme complète des situations de mobilité géographique pour le travail et ses conséquences pour les personnes qui travaillent, leurs familles, les employeurs, les communautés et les paliers municipaux, provinciaux et fédéral du gouvernement canadien.
“Work and Family: The Impact of Mobility, Scheduling and Precariousness,” by Elise Thorburn, discusses a recent On the Move study which surveyed and interviewed union representatives and union members in Canada to explore how they manage unpaid family care responsibilities along with their often erratic work schedules and long or arduous commutes. Read the full article on The Vanier Institute of the Family website.
Two new summary reports from the Newfoundland and Labrador Community Impacts team are now available: Mobile Work in the Straits and South Coast and Fly-in/Fly-out Commuting in Deer Lake.
New book by On the Move co-investigator Steven High: One Job Town: Work, Belonging and Betrayl in Northern Ontario, published by University of Toronto Press. From the publisher: “Steven High’s One Job Town delves into the long history of deindustrialization in the paper-making town of Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, located on Canada’s resource periphery. Much like hundreds of other towns and cities across North America and Europe, Sturgeon Falls has lost their primary source of industry, resulting in the displacement of workers and their families…High examines the work-life histories of fifty paper mill workers and managers, as well as city officials, to gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of the formation and dissolution of a culture of industrialism. Oral history and memory are at the heart of One Job Town, challenging us to rethink the relationship between the past and the present in what was formerly known as the industrialized world.” For more information see the University of Toronto Press website.
Two new publications of interest: “Protecting the Health and Safety of Pilots: A Critical Analysis of Flight and Duty time Regulations in Canada” in the Annals of Air and Space Law and the On the Move/CRC on Occupational Health and Safety, University of Ottawa report “Pilot Fatigue – A Study on the Effectiveness of Flight and Duty Time Regulations for Professional Pilots in Canada,” both by former On the Move trainee René David-Cooper.
New publication by On the Move researcher Marit Aure: “Will migrant workers rescue rural regions? Challenges of creating stability through mobility,” in the Journal of Rural Studies, Vol 60, May 2018. Abstract: Many rural communities experience new growth through in-migration. In Herøy, Northern Norway, this is a result of increased labour migration in the fishing industry and a comprehensive effort by the municipality to encourage migrant workers to settle there. This paper addresses the ambiguities of creating stability through mobility. Through a case study from Herøy, we explore the complex relations between migrants' mobile economic practices and social integration processes by analysing how migrants engage with Herøy's landscape in multiple manners. This landscape entails networks of people and relations, materialities, dreams and hopes. Studying engagement, in addition to contestations and intersecting trajectories, we analyse how the landscape of those on the move is interrelated with that of those “being moved through”. We argue that creating stability in rural communities by encouraging migrant settlement requires going beyond economic integration – emphasising the more versatile and vulnerable processes of relating to unfamiliar places and worlds. It also requires an understanding of stability that embraces uncertainty and opens up towards various forms of belonging.