accounts

Coping with clopening: retail worker’s most dreaded shift

Our friend Liberté Locke writes about what it’s like to work a ‘clopen’ in retail, to close the store late at night and get up early the next morning to open the store. Liberte’s story is the first in a series of stories we’re going to be running about work, sleep, and dreams. In their own way each of these stories gets at an important part of life under capitalism. Capitalists make their money by making us make products and perform services that the capitalists own. They don’t pay us the full value of what we add to those products and services. That’s key to capitalists’ profits. This is a kind of robbery. But there’s another kind of robbery...

Informal work groups and resistance on the sunrise shift

An account of an informal work group at UPS taking on a grievance with management.

Account of the March 29 Spanish general strike from Barcelona

A short account for libcom.org from a comrade in Barcelona, on Spain's first general strike for 18 months.

Working: people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do - Studs Terkel

Landmark work by Studs Terkel speaking to people working in a multitude of jobs and their feelings on them.

‘Bout to explode: a day in the life of a precarious worker

As part of Shift Magazine's series on precarity, Juan Conatz describes a day in the work life of a sleep deprived day laborer.

We are all “amigos"

J. Pierce talks about expectations of white workers to accept racism and division in the workplace.

The battle of the sandwiches: what does the bosses' offensive look like?

Alex Erikson talks about a new manager who came into his workplace with the intent of breaking worker solidarity through small, winnable issues.

What we have understood by visiting the Susa Valley

No Tav (I'm a black bloc)

An account of activists visiting the Susa Valley in north-east Italy, where the inhabitants are in struggle against a high-speed rail link being built through their community. This article also looks at the various business interests involved in the project.

Keeping your job while under fire

An account of attempts to discipline a union organizer.

The greatest trick the DWP ever pulled was convincing the poor benefits don't exist

From precarious work to precarious benefits to precarious unpaid work...

A personal perspective on workfare and the benefits lottery - something which has caused me no end of stress of late.