This sound is a tribute to the train vendor Billy Joe, killed by the coronavirus. This song is from São Paulo, Brazil, and was lauched on the 16th of April.
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.
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?
Seeing their working conditions worsening and not receiving PPE from the companies, workers started to organise and to protest.
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.
By Andrea Rinaldi, first appeared on commonware.org. The bike wheels spin through the centre of a deserted and silent Bologna: there is a gourmet burger to deliver. Even in the … Read More
Around 50 couriers – keeping the safe distance of 1.5 meters between them – gathered and drove around in protest to demand masks, gloves, rubbing alcohol, and safe working conditions from the City Hall and delivery companies.