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.
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.
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.
Self-employed and informal workers constitute up to 40% of the Brazilian workforce. For them, the reduction of economic activity and movement in cities results in longer working hours (and greater exposure to the virus) to try to earn enough money.