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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #257 (Jan) - Against the beast e-world (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:20:05 +0200

The ultraprécaire and ultra-fragmented digital world labor force does not promote collective organization. Yet fighting lead and even managed to win. Illustrations. ---- Competition and insecurity do not facilitate the mobilizations, but if in addition we consider the conditions of self-employment on the platforms of the world of the Internet, like Uber physical work or digital as the Mechanical Turk (see box), it hard to imagine how to build collective resistance, and French unions are far from worry about it. Yet few leads have emerged recently. ---- On June 17 of this year, the Commission's work in San Francisco, California, decided to recognize the employee status to a conductive Uber. The reason given is that the company is involved in all aspects of the activity of its drivers, since it controls the relationship with customers, influence the wages of drivers, excludes lower-rated drivers, etc. In France, this is due to a decline in wages of 20% as Uber drivers come to mobilize to create the first union in the area and impose the maintenance of wages, under threat of boycotting the platform. Corporatist union and few policy, certainly, but nevertheless a first step towards the construction of a report to force.Quant platforms and freelance microtasking is notably the German union IG Metall came the first effort publicizing, by conducting a survey on working conditions "Faircrowdwork" for depositing evidence, to note the different platforms, etc., but also by a few words taken on the subject.

Organization Turkers

Furthermore, a group of activists, researchers and the Mechanical Turk workers, created the Dynamo Group (orbiting the wearedynamo.org website) to share information and allow the self-organization of Turkers. A few hundred people were mobilized, but it did not last and the movement fell after some pressure campaigns on Amazon. However, many mail lists, forums, Facebook groups and other help to create the job of Turker, transmitting the strings, the best way to use the platform or escape bad employers, and communicate collectively suffering felt.

Finally, the most surprising is certainly the development of Turkopticon, an Internet browser extension that is grafted onto the interface of the Mechanical Turk, and already enables tens of thousands of Turkers noting each different employers, according to quality its communication, the amount of wages paid, the frequency of arbitrary rejection of work and speed of payment of wages. The will to organize seems not to be missed, but it remains to find ways to fight effectively against this way to exploit a largely atomized precarious proletariat.

Marco (AL Paris-Northeast)

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