Or has the pandemic intensified existing gender and class-based disadvantages both at home and in the workplace, bringing with it the prospect of an attack on - or at best a stalling of - equality in work in the UK? In this paper, we explore the impact of COVID on the paid and unpaid work of working class women, including comparisons with women and men in other class groupings. For example, for women working in close contact with customers, clients and patients, COVID brings work intensification and life-threatening health risks e. For many others, national and regional lockdowns have increased work instability, financial hardship and insecurity. As well as the impact on paid work, the division of domestic labour has been brought into sharper focus with lockdown. We explore whether anything has changed since the pandemic began by asking, in partnered households with children, who is more or less likely to do the housework and caring for children with school and nursery closures, self-isolation and home-schooling? Class also shapes the places and spaces where paid work is carried out.
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