An article by Everett Martinez about the day labor industry in the construction trades.
Whether it means the arduous toil of building a house or the technical knowhow required to unclog a home septic system, “day labor” is the catch-all term for an industry defined by its instability, unreliability and illegality for those who work in it.
A brief tale of toil from a worker in a Curzon cinema in London, where there is an ongoing campaign for the London living wage.
A first person slave narrative that was published in 1861 by Harriet Ann Jacobs, using the pen name "Linda Brent." The book is an in-depth chronological account of Jacobs's life as a slave, and the decisions and choices she made to gain freedom for herself and her children. It addresses the struggles and sexual abuse that young women slaves faced on the plantations, and how these struggles were harsher than what men suffered as slaves. Trigger warning for sexual violence.
The Project Gutenberg EBook of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs (AKA Linda Brent)
A brief history of my work as an online contractor and the exploitation inherent within the industry.
After reading Wotsits experiences of the Jobcentre, it got me thinking about my own time there too. But I don't really have much to add, in fact mine would be rather tame since I left the Job Centre before they brought most of that stuff in.
A short account of working at Apple by a hacker employed there. Originally published in 2600 - The Hacker Quarterly
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Big Bird for lighting a fire under me so I would express my views on the current Apple environment. I've had a lot to say and it's about damn time I said it. He wrote a great article in 29:3 about his experience with the "Genius" bar. As great as the article was, I felt like it was missing something: an inside perspective.
Workers often say that the fear of firings is one of the main reasons it’s so hard to get people to fight back. The power that bosses hold over workers through firings can put them on the curb for standing up. This fear is often unspoken, but present everyday in our workplaces. This piece we share explores how truly arbitrary that power is and its effects. When bosses can hurt us and sometimes ruin lives without any reason at all, it also reminds us why we need to organize.
One of the disciplinary tools employers use is what I call shit-canning. This is when an employee is let go without notice and without explanation, without having done anything wrong, even by the boss’s own account. I say “employee” rather than “worker” (my standard term) because it also happens to people in the upper ranks who themselves have the ability to hire and fire.
Article on the debt economy, and the demand for a social wage when work doesn't pay.
The five Tory MPs who co-authored Britannia Unchained – a book arguing that an 'idle' Britain needs to 'rediscover the lost virtue of hard graft' in order to salvage the economy – may be hypocrites, enjoying the five week Parliamentary recess as they are, but at least they are honest.
An account of working life in restaurant kitchens by the Red Chef, a member of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement.
It seems that over the last few years the chef has become a rather in vogue character following the rise of some notorious TV chefs like Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Marco White and others. Here in New Zealand the weekly show Masterchef displays the extent to which many individuals would love the ‘opportunity’ to enter the hospitality industry and work in kitchens.
A former Quality Assurance tester at Certain Affinity studios, is calling upon games industry staff to be aware of the negative aspect of contractor work and need to organise for better conditions, pay and respect.
Kotaku, a prominent gaming news hub, is promoting a guest editorial by a freelancer whose resume has included working for a firm contracted to test the mutiplayer component of Halo 4, a multi-million selling blockbuster for Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console.