Archive for November 9th, 2010

I just read an interesting article on the creativity in struggle of informal workers. The article highlights the many frontiers of struggle, when informal worker fight for their rights and resist against exploitation.


Reinventing resistence: How the mobile workforce is mobilizing

By Sarah Mann

Briarpatch Magazine

November/December 2010

Globalization has propelled neoliberalism across borders, not just as an ideology or system of commerce, but as the primary determinant of the daily realities of where people live, what they eat, how they work, and what rights they enjoy. The deregulation of economies in the service of free trade – be it the reduction or elimination of taxes and tariffs, the weakening of employment and environmental standards, or the privatization and outsourcing of social services – continues to displace and disenfranchise people across the globe. Moreover, the perennial competition to attract capital has pushed employers to divest themselves of accountability for the rights and needs of their workers, creating an increasingly insecure and exploitable workforce in the service of business elites.

While precarious work and displacement have never been more widespread, globalization has also connected workers as never before, and they are responding to the next wave of global capitalism with unforeseen innovation and collectivity on many fronts.



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