work life

The worms that turned: a story about workers in revolt - Eddy Horner

A first person account of an unsuccessful strike at CPC wallpaper in West Durham, England, in the early 1990s, after which Eddy and a strike supporter turned to crime.

Big Wullie: or ten years of industrial bliss

A personal account of work life as an apprentice in a Glasgow metalwork shop in the 1960s and 70s.

The call centre diaries, part 2: performance review

The second installment of this ongoing series details boss/worker relations at Manpower's National Recruitment Centre before and during a period of performance reviews, focusing in particular on the behaviour of one notorious member of management

The bell tolls for thee, motherf*cker - John O'Reilly

Sketch contribution by Monica Kostas

Get ready to never see bus drivers the same way again. This week we feature a story by John O’Reilly who takes us through the route of his daily tribulations as a city bus driver in Minneapolis.

“A perfect money making machine”: Life as a language teacher in Slovenia

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An account from a German language teacher about working in Slovenia focusing on, in particular, the perils of so-called “freelance” contracts.

Withered aristocracy #1 - by way of introduction

An introduction to what will hopefully be an intermittent series of musing on life and labor within the New York City building trades and struggles within and against business unionism.

A day in the life of an anxious non-native TEFL teacher

A comic strip on the daily anxieties faced by an overly anxious non native TEFL teacher.

The call centre diaries, part 1

The Call Centre Diaries will be a semi regular series detailing my experiences as a precarious worker. To kick things off I’m going to share my experiences of working at Manpower, a major UK recruitment agency. Hopefully this won’t just touch on my experiences as a worker but also how the environment fostered in the kind of companies that thrive in economies structured around temporary contracts is adversely affecting the lives of both their own workers and the unemployed they are supposed to be finding work for.

I punched my boss in the face - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan based on this article, which appeared in Vice Magazine in January of 2013.

Stone age economics - Marshall Sahlins

Stone Age Economics

Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively, Stone Age Economics includes six studies which reflect the author's ideas on revising traditional views of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to be the original affluent society.