Prol-Position

2004/5: Strikes at Ceritex call centres in France

A brief chronology of a large strike at call centre service company Ceritex B2S in France for a pay increase.

There have been strikes against the relocation of call centres at Timing and Wanadoo in late summer 2004. In October 2004 workers at Teleperformance, a sub-contractor of France Telecom and Wanadoo went out. About 70 percent of the employees have temp-contracts which are prolonged each week, or not. Despite this significant number of temp workers, the strike participation was surprisingly high.

2004: National telemarketing strike in Spain

A brief account of a nationwide strike of telemarketing workers in Spain to establish a collective contract in the sector.

In the Spanish telemarketing sector about 50,000 people are employed, of which 82 percent have only fixed-term contracts and/or are employed by temp agencies. The telemarketing sector comprises tele services such as emergency calls for the ambulance or information on train time-tables.

Rendezvous with call centre workers

A discussion with some call centre workers about aspects of working life in Germany in 2005.

About waves, strikes and recomposition - Wildcat

In 2006 there were more strikes in Germany than during the previous twelve years. In 2007 their number will be even higher. »Going on strike is becoming fashionable amongst the Germans«, announces a headline in the national daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.

About Waves, Strikes and Recomposition1

  • 1. "Recomposition" is a concept which tries to relate changing working and living conditions and the forms and impacts of class struggle.

Interview with VW 'Auto 5000' worker - Wildcat

Wildcat interview with an auto-worker from the 5000x5000 VolksWagen project, a post-Fordist work restructuring experiment.

"At some point you are not interested in the technology anymore, but in what the technology pressures you into"

The end of the automobile

An analysis focusing on Germany of developments in the global car industry between its inception and the financial crisis of 2008-9.

The 'service society' and the end of industrial work has been propagated for decades now. Today the press is stuffed with reports on the importance of the automobile industry for the national economy and with pictures of industrial workers. The articles and pictures scream out: 'This is supposed to be the end?! – Unbelievable!!'.

Reactions of the American proletariat during the 1929 crisis

With many commentators stating that the 2008 recession is the world's worst since the great Depression, Prol-position analyses the 1929 recession, its effect on workers in the US and how they responded.

In 1930-33, the situation of the American proletariat declined sharply. While not putting capitalist domination on the line, the proletariat was far from apathetic during that period. This text intends merely to summarize the various forms and phases of resistance by the American proletariat to its deteriorating conditions of reproduction.

Interview with a German union organiser - Prol-position

A critical interview with a paid organiser of the German ver.di union about their organising work in the security industry.

"New Labor - New Unions" 1

Critique on Organizing, Part Two

  • 1. Original title "New Labor" – "New Gewerkschaft"

China in crisis: reason to panic?

Police right a taxi flipped by striking teachers who attacked colleagues crossing picket lines in Chongqing, 2008

Prol-Position's outline and analysis of the development and extent of the 2008-9 financial crisis's impact on China, and its implications for working people in the region and across the world.

Strike at the Dacia-Renault plant in Romania, 2008

Dacia-Renault plant, Romania

Account and analysis of a significant strike of auto workers in Romania early 2008

More Noise, More Self-Respect, More Daring
Strike at the Dacia-Renault plant in Romania: a turning point