Episode 4: Sick Pay Stories with extracts from Lynne Friedli, Ivor Southwood and anonymous guests

Broadcast Live on 4 May 2020
Guests: With contributions from Lynne Friedli, Ivor Southwood and anonymous guests

For this episode we are exploring sick pay, its histories and experiences of trying to access it. This episode consists of a compilation of a pre-recorded presentation by Dr Lynne Friedli, testimonies sent in by listeners and quotes from policy papers and published material from various different authors. Full references are available below. We’ve divided the episode into 5 sections each beginning with a quote by Lynne Friedli:

  1. Histories of sick pay
  2. Politics
  3. Current situation
  4. Cultural perspective on sickness
  5. Testimonies


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Flora, P. (Ed.). 2015. Growth to Limits, Vol. 2, Germany, UK, Ireland, Italy. European University Institute.

Fraser, N. 2016. Contradictions of Capital and Care. New Left Review 100.

Friedli, L. 2016. Psycho-coercion and workfare: Fighting Back. A talk by Lynne Friedli of Boycott Workfare. Presentation in Dundee for the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network.

Murphy, M. 2006. Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers. Duke University Press.

Murrer, S. 2020. Agency nurses must go without pay if they come into contact with coronavirus at Milton Keynes Hospital. MK Citizen, 12th March 2020

Scheil-Adlung, X and Sandner, L. 2010. The Case for Paid Sick Leave World Health Report. Background Paper, No 9.

Sontag, S. 1978. Illness as Metaphor. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Strickland, P. 1993. Statutory Sick pay Bill (Bill 3 1993/94). House of Commons Library Research Paper 93/116.

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TUC. 2020. Sick pay for all report.

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