retail and food

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...

Burp! Pepsi vs Coke (Documentary)

Burp! Pepsi Vs Coke (1984) in the Ice Cold War traces the history of these brands against the backdrop of global politics

India: workplace resistance increases

The labour movement in India is still under the control of bureaucratic leaders and political groups. However, as shown by a strike last year, among the workers of the country is gradually spreading the idea of self-organization and sovereign general assembly.

Axed Game staff occupy shops

Former staff at closed Game stores have occupied their workplaces to demand redundancy payouts

Last Orders For The Local?

Inspired by the destruction of most of the best pubs in our locality and the increasing difficulty in finding a pub with a bearable atmosphere to enjoy a drink in, Last Orders For The Local? casts a critical eye over recent changes to pub environments and the emergence of Theming as a marketing factor in various fields of leisure and consumption; and ponders how this connects to the balance of class forces and changes in the way we relate to history and memory.

‘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.

Another factory on Merseyside ‘locks out’ its workers

Bosses at the Tranfoods plant in Wirral, Merseyside have 'locked out' the workers during negotations over redundancy. The Unions claim that the bosses have reneged on a redundancy offer and are now only prepared to pay 'statutory redundancy'. The owners of Tranfoods, 'Tulip', have only owned the business 38 days and plan to move production to Cornwall. This is the second 'lock out' on Merseyside in less than a month.

The Freedom anarchist bookshop volunteering guide

I've started doing the odd day at Freedom for a while as I have some spare time and was handed the standard guide for new fish today.

Carlsberg re-classified as an ‘essential service’ to prevent workers from striking

Carlsberg has been able to persuade the Lithuanian government to re-classify its breweries as an 'essential' service on a par with the emergency services and water companies. This is so they can prevent workers from going on strike, as 'essential' workers are banned from striking by law.

New Zealand: Meat workers locked out for 9 weeks

New Zealand: Meat workers locked out for 9 weeks

Since 19th October meat workers at the Canterbury Meat Processors Rangitikei lamb-processing plant have been locked out by the company in a bid to force them to accept new rates of pay and changes to shift organisation, changes that amount to a massive 20% pay cut.