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(en) cgt catalunya: The day 'uberitzin' your work will be too late to react - Yago Alvarez (ca) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 6 Aug 2018 09:18:12 +0300

The struggle of taxi drivers far beyond the simple protection sector is a battle in a war against insecurity and fragmentation of employment. The 'uberització' job is here, and if you think it will happen to you or your industry is untouchable, you are wrong. ---- If something has managed capitalism has been the fragmentation of employment. The breakdown of the trade unions by dismantling the structure and work places are made. This is not something that has been invented or started with the new technologies in the last decade. It is not something attributable to any mobile application or any visionary founder 'startups' alone. It's something that comes from far away and decades leading up. The proliferation of fast food restaurants that provide a template of students who believe it will be his "work while you take the race"; outsourcing and relocation of factory production to countries where labor rights are not respected and union; the trap of entrepreneurs as a new form of labor exploitation.

This dispersion of employees and disappearance of physical production sites where the staff had time to meet and join, the factories, the strategy of neoliberalism that from time Thatcher became aware that the only way I had to advance his plan was to end the union atomizing force increasing employment. Separating and more and more workers. Breaking transforming labor relations employee / employer. Inventing new forms of labor exploitation. The final twist, but neither is anything new about the internal confrontation of the working class. Getting called "privileged" sectors have simply managed to maintain more rights than ours. That have not been folded insecurity.

What is happening with the strike of taxis and Uber against Cabify is simply a result of this fight. These companies turbocapitalistes -to ask you please stop calling it col·laborativa- economy are more fragmented employment. They separate their workers with the excuse that they are (false) self-employed. They decomposed employee relationship with your company. They have precarious work to the unimaginable taxi. Blocked for the moment the possibility that these drivers, many of them desperate after being unemployed for several years, can be organized itself to demand improved working because the slightest error or complaint you in your work " disconnect "which is like tell dismissal in such companies.

And no, not just in taxis. Not only in the field of food delivery or courier. Not even one of those bad jobs that are governed by a phone application. This 'uberització' employment is spreading more and more. The fragmentation of employment, embodied in the figure of the false self that competes fiercely with their "colleagues" for a commission or "bolo" (in English 'gig', hence the term "gig economy ' more right for this type of collaborative work economy) increasingly precarious, has reached the meat factories, the delivery of newspapers, sites or nursing home plumbing service in the UK, the airline pilots,

The 'uberization' of employment is here, and if you think that it will not happen to you or that your sector is untouchable, you are wrong. What we are facing is not an 'online' platform that thanks to free competition has made the labor market of the privileged sectors more flexible. We face the modification of the labor relationship between worker and employer. Between the capital and the labor force. The loss of the class struggle because we will be too busy to survive in a fight against our peers. The 'uberization' of employment is nothing more than the pure and ancient exploitation of capitalism, as said anthropologist and activist David Graeber in an interview. In the face of these new exploitation methodologies, we need to think and specify new forms of struggle that can be articulated in all sectors, not only for those who can paralyze a city or a stowage.

The girls and boys Mensakas, a cooperative food delivery that aims to create decent work and born of and operated by Deliveroo riders have shown a way: organization and fight against this fragmentation through social networks, creating a labor union in a place that until recently seemed impossible and creating alternative job fair and worthy to compete with turbocapitalistes. We should take note of this example.

Social networking in the days of the strike of taxis is a good example of this confrontation within the same working class. Read messages that said 'privileged' sectors who have defended their rights. Where is outrageous salary of 2,000 euros a month because we have become accustomed to insecurity. It follows purchase a speech Uber driver or dealer Glover entrepreneurs are entitled to participate in the competition. The outlook is bleak, and while still performing well, the 'uberització' economy continues to advance. A breakthrough increasingly standardized and difficult to reverse. If you do not do anything to support this fight, you agree or not with the demands of the taxi drivers, the 'uberització' work your turn one day, but then it will be too late to realize and change.

* Article publicat Yago Alvarez @EconoCabreado magazine El Salto

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