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?
In France, within a few weeks, acts of revolt, of a greater or lesser degree, broke out in more than 40 institutions. Tension is rising.
On April 27th, temp workers engaged in gas production in Yakutia lost their patience. They organised a picket, expressing demands for security and nutrition during the spread of the coronavirus.
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”.
Seeing their working conditions worsening and not receiving PPE from the companies, workers started to organise and to protest.
I received news, a few days ago, of the death of a colleague of mine. He was just short of 60 years old. In addition to the pain felt at the umpteenth loss of a fellow worker, there is also the chilling, terrifying awareness that this fate could befall any of us.
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In the other North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia, the population massively refused to comply with the quarantine due to the fact that people do not have money.
Mandatory quarantine has enforced a restructuring of domestic work, and teachers that have to do virtual lessons not only end up having to quickly learn about the new digital tools but to do this while their children are studying at home.
The decision to not evacuate the migrant camps and detention centers during the pandemic is the equivalent of a death sentence.