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It makes us sick: notes on affective labour, sanity, and post-Fordism

The division of leisure time is an insult - Abigail Rebakah Barr

A slightly polished version of a short talk for a panel discussion on post-Fordism and mental health with Hannah Black and Mark Fisher, as part of Auto Italia South East's Immaterial Labour Isn't Working 2013 event series.

“The revolution starts in the ATOS smoking area” - on welfare, addiction, and dependency

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A blog about welfare reform from a social care worker's perspective, and the creation of the "welfare addict" as a recession-era scapegoat. Inspired largely by today's Novara show, and the people I work with.

Guilt, choice, and responsibility in the austerity kitchen

Some thoughts on low-income cooking, health, guilt, and the punishment of the poor.

Pakistani truckers on strike, blockading NATO supplies

Transport workers at a rally in Karachi, 9th Jan 2013

Truckers delivering NATO supplies to isolated coalition ground troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike, in protest against lower pay, poor security, and corrupt customs officials who demand bribes from the truckers. The unions are calling for other transport workers throughout the region to join the strike action.

Italian miners barricade themselves underground with 350kg of explosives to prevent pit closure

100 Sardinian workers in Italy's only coal mine have barricaded themselves into the Carbosulcis mine overnight, with 350kg of company explosives. The occupation comes ahead of a government meeting to decide the future of the pit.

Benefits withdrawn to punish low-waged workers for striking

Iain Duncan Smith breaks strikes and tortures kittens

The "right to strike" in the UK comes under further attack today, as Iain Duncan Smith announces plans to withdraw Working Tax Credit for workers who take strike action.

Mauritanian mining strike over - workers win their demands

Tasiast gold mine (photo CGTM)

This time last week libcom reported on striking gold miners in Mauritania - after five days of strike action, the miners have won their demands and returned to work.

Oakland parents and teachers announce plans to sit-in to stop school closures

Protests against Oakland school closures

As 5 elementary schools are set for closure at the end of this school year, displacing around 900 children to schools 10 miles away with no transport provided, parents and teachers announce plans to sit-in to save their schools.

600 Mauritanian gold miners launch illegal work stoppage

Tasiast gold mine (photo CGTM)

Around 600 miners employed by Kinross, Canada's third largest gold miner, walked off the job on Monday 4th June.

Free CeCe, the girl who lived

CeCe McDonald is a transgender woman of colour, who survived a brutal assault by racist transphobes, which left her seriously injured and one of her attackers dead. She was yesterday (4th June 2012) sentenced to 41 months after being convicted of second degree manslaughter, which she is likely to serve in an all-male prison.