Here and everywhere the struggle of the food delivery app workers is a true symbol of the precarious proletariat in the service sector and their assertive struggle under transnational computerized and finance capitalism in times of catastrophic crisis and of virtualization and social isolation.
Even though the experience of mutual-aid networks might contribute to a long-term change in people’s everyday lives, mutual-aid is also becoming part of the pandemic spectacle by being co-opted by the state, the media and companies.
Since the unions have signed an agreement with our bosses, a movement of wildcat strikes started yesterday, May 11th, 2020. The agreement has accepted the return to normality. This means that we should return to schedules as they were before the health crisis, which is still going on. However, the majority of the tram and bus drivers oppose resuming work under these conditions, for several reasons.
The idea of work-from-home is nothing new and has been in practice in India for quite some time. As a socio-technical experiment in changing working conditions, work-from-home was being deployed in various places previously too, albeit this pandemic has turned it into an imposed necessity for a lot of workers. But the question is – at what price?
Mexico’s economy is being hit hard by the pandemic. AMLO is disappointing hopes – with or without the corona crisis. The military and police now guard hospitals. His hobby-horse, the Guardia Nacional, is preparing against “social unrest”.
The recent biopolitical management of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Greek government seems to be increasingly authoritarian.
The decision to not evacuate the migrant camps and detention centers during the pandemic is the equivalent of a death sentence.
Truck drivers, Amazon/Walmart workers, Instacart, and Shipt workers planning to strike on May 1st joining 151 other wildcat strikes since the start of the pandemic.
The more one looks, the more one finds cases of workers protesting in many Spanish companies.