Work shattered, the book comes out

Last night came the e-mail address of the organizer of " Work shattered , "an event that took place just a year ago in Bologna:

Dear friends, the book shattered Labour is finally ready. If I do have an address I am sending you a complimentary copy that is up to those who have contributed a piece.

Well, good. I had almost lost hope about the fate of this publication. See below now my intervention on the side of the essay by Andrew Ross (!) Is a nice surprise that puts me in a good mood. If you are interested, you will find information on the website of Shadows Court , the publisher. Below you will find a tab of the book:

Lavoro in frantumi - Ombre Corte Work shattered
Precarious condition, new conflicts and neoliberal regime
edited by F. beans and E. Leonardi
pp. 222
€ 20.00
isbn 978-88-97522-05-8

The book

What remains today of the work that we have known in modern industry? Probably only a few fragments, which is not easy, and perhaps not even useful, try to reassemble. The modern relationship between work and citizenship today is, in fact, completely throw into question. While it is the result of a persistent strategy of deregulation and humiliation of the work, whose main effect is a condition of generalized precariousness, on the other hand must be found within and against it, an escape capable encouraging the emergence of the upright excess of subjectivity that gives a glimpse of the end of the Fordist labor. To understand the phenomenon as a whole then it should be avoided to reduce the analysis of the condition of the work within a paradigm of affliction as necessary as insufficient, and instead study the relationship in the post-Fordist capitalism and biopolitics is to be established between work, production and appropriation of social wealth. The book proposes, in particular cross-disciplinary reflection on the way in which the different forms of work become part of the new process of value creation founded, now in a more direct, over the entire life time and on social cooperation. The intent is to investigate the fragmentation and insecurity as one of the key elements, along with the processes of financialization, the new regime of capitalist accumulation. Only by linking the latter with the resistances that cross it is possible to understand the elements that carattarezzano our society and the forces that can change the course.

The authors
A. Amendola, E. Armano, D. Banfi, S. Bologna, A. Cazzola, F. Chicchi, S. Cominu, A. Curcio, A. Fumagalli, M. Gray, E. Leonardi, S. Lucarelli, S. Mezzadra, C. Morini, A. Ross.

The editors
Frederick beans teaches Sociology of Work and Organization and Company at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bologna. His publications include: Capitalism, labor and forms of subjectivity (Sapere2000, 2005), and Gigi Roggero, Labor and production of value in the knowledge economy (Franco Angeli, 2009).

Emanuele Leonardi is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario. His publications include: "Riches and limits of environmentalism" in Ottavio Marzocca (ed.), Governing the environment? (Mimesis, 2009).

The proposals to reform the Labour Renzi

At the end of the marathon at the Leopolda of breakers led by Matteo Renzi these proposals are outputs (I limit myself to these, as I follow the theme of the work) to reform the Labour question in Italian.

19. Reforming pensions to still have pensions. Pension you can, right away, to equalize the retirement age of women with that of men, establishing a single window registry of 63-67 years old to enter retirement with allowance proportionate to the hope of life according to the actuarial coefficients are updated annually. Accelerating the transition to the contribution system for all. Elimination of retirement pensions as part of a pact between the generations. Part of the savings achieved will be used to finance the elimination of social security contributions for newly hired young

20. New rules to prevent the accumulation of pensions.

26. Reforming professional associations. We must abolish unnecessary professional orders and the remaining due to a function of market regulators and not of corporate protection for those already working. You have to get to the abolition of minimum fees and further reducing constraints on advertising for professional studies, so that everyone has a chance to make themselves known.

29. Liberalize the insurance of occupational accidents and diseases. The activities carried out by Inail, the public monopoly that takes care of the insurance for the diseases and injuries of workers plays a typical function of any private insurance company. You then need to open the access of insurance against accidents at work by private insurance or reinsurance undertaking.

35. Overcoming insecurity through a single contract protections progressive. In order to overcome the dualism of the labor market, which sees workers with all the guarantees and others (young people) without any warranty, necessary to introduce a single contract to progressive protections that give greater certainty to the young.

36. Reforming the social security benefits. We need to move from layoffs, ordinary and extraordinary, to unemployment universal, applicable to employees of small and medium-sized enterprises and marked the criterion of welfare to work on the Danish model.

37. The company contracts against poor wages. Today the Italian workers receive a salary on average lower than in our neighboring countries such as Germany and France. One way to get higher salaries for Italian workers is to support the business contracts that can, when business conditions permit, grow beyond the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements.

38. Rates rose. Italy has the lowest percentage of female employment in Europe. The female activity rate, ie the number of women that occurs in the labor market, is the lowest. A tax paid employment of women and for a reasonable number of years can lead to realign the upper equality between men and women in the workforce.

Drawn from the 100 proposals Matteo Renzi (& Co.)

In a nutshell Renzi supports the reformist line of Pietro Ichino (35), with accompanying reform of the shock absorbers (36), but not for all, although there is talk of universality, an idea to be sure, already proposed by Sacconi in the Connected Work and in Statute of the Works. Renzi rates rose and then focuses on decentralized bargaining in derogation of national collective bargaining agreement (which is also present between the lines of the famous Article 8 of the operation of the Berlusconi government). On deregulation pushes beyond the philosophy of the Bersani Decree providing for the elimination of professional associations. Inns think like Boers on contributions for all but eliminate old-age pensions (!) Exit window, taking only 63-67 same for everyone, men and women, and facilitating with cash balances of youth work with cash contributions, at cost that is zero on the cost of youth work (a line similar to that for other di Montezemolo). Completely new and interesting hypothesis in paragraph 29 of liberalization of insurance against accidents and illnesses, but where there is no explicit reference to any hypothesis of opt-outs from the public system.

In other words, nothing totally divergent from the party line, or at least some of its members (preferring the reformism of the Ichino line Fassina), contaminated by heterogeneous positions and in some cases right. Still completely absent discourse on the universality of the law (citizen's income and the like) or more elementary equalize among workers in general, which may include self-employed workers and freelancers, for example.

At Coworking Conference 2011

In a few days I will be in Berlin for the follow Coworking Conference 2011 (# hashtag on Twitter coworkingeu). Anyone else?

Coworking Conference 2011

I throw the clipboard via FTP?

Published by Linda Gratton of the London Business School on his blog The Future of Work , this image makes me feel special and feel a bit 'old. I finished University in 1996, not long then :-) I do not remember a single portable classroom in those years. Maybe because it was more productive to look at the companions bench chatting on Facebook to find the love of life, perhaps because the handsets cost a fortune. What I wonder is who is the true appendix? The computer for the body learns, or the arm and the mind that governs for machines that have invaded areas of learning?

University of Missouri

Between professional and coworking

Two more reviews by Freelance Life. Edited by A Radio Città Fujiko , who interviewed me on the occasion of the presentation of the book in Bologna on 11 October at Coop Bookstores.

Radio Citta Fujiko - Bologna

The journalist Alice Bellicioni, whom I thank, devotes a page of the site of cultural space in our book and Mama Tandoori Ernest van der Kwast. At the tail end review public radio the audio of the interview aired last Thursday, which I reproduce here for convenience. We talk about freelancing, protections, independent journalists, future.

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GIOIA The second review (. PDF) is edited by Loredana Oliva, a friend, a journalist, twitter :-) urser heavy and published on the current issue of Joy (29 October 2011, p. 181). Thanks to Loredana. Here his beautiful piece:

Una vita da freelance - Loredana Oliva - GIOIA

Economics of Free, no thanks.

I will not stop repeating it, and it happens in these parts for years (try to do a search on with keywords "work" + "free" ), that free labor kills the professional dignity of the individual and the general working conditions . This is demonstrated by the recent correspondence (. PDF) between the editor of Flash Art and a young desinger now abroad, which has been awarded the cute epithet "bitch" because there has done it and here in Italy the maximum you would be stuck in fake paid jobs or internships free to poor (or no) training content. A sad story, plenty of online commentary .

The advice is to avoid repeat work free, if possible, because it does not hurt only those who are called into question, but to those who are to the left and look for a job. Mine is an invitation, but I have often tried to show its profound reasons in particular in the chapter "Working at what price?" Book of Life Freelance (Feltrinelli, 2011), written with Sergio Bologna and in many articles of this blog, some Sometimes even in a fun (see " Marcel Mauss gave his essays publishers "), because in the end work for free is part of this world and if we do not finish for reasons joking hurt you.

In some insights we have reasoned recently published two brave journalists, Roberta Carlini at the beginning of August in L'Espresso (11/08/2011) realized the investigation, " We are forced to work for free "( here in. PDF) and then Loredana Saporito, who recently published Glamour (237 November 2011) an article critical of the same sign, titled " Just work for free! "(. PDF download). In both articles are given the arguments of Silvia Bencivelli , Eleanor Voltolina ( The Republic of Interns ) and myself [which makes me think that maybe we should talk a little 'more about these issues, as we think, then, at a distance, in the same way]. Below is the article published in Glamour: »Read more ...

PCG's Guide to Freelancing

PCG's Guide To Freelancing The Guide to freelancing made ​​in UK has reached its sixth edition. In my opinion it is quite useful to those who perform professional work autonomously in Italy and well worth a look ...

Free can be downloaded from the website of PCG - Professional Contractor Group , the British counterpart of our ACTA .

The industrial revolution of our time

In an hour I will be at the Museum of 900 in Piazza Duomo in Milan to talk with Paul Perulli, Gad Lerner and Cristina Tajani (commissioner to work in the Municipality of Milan), the book I wrote with Sergio Bologna. I have no idea what there will be space and time. I like to listen more than talk, but if I had a way, this is more or less what I'd say.

The industrial revolution of our time

Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union writes in The Atlantic that "The Freelance Surge is the Industrial Revolution of our Time", the emergence of the phenomenon of freelancing is the industrial revolution of our time. I am fully convinced of it. I write about it on a personal blog (this one) for six years, three before when The New York Times has noticed that there are the VAT, but after ten a work of Sergio Bologna and Andrea Fumagalli that led to the headlines of the research the social "second generation autonomous professional work."

This means that there is nothing new. Today, everyone knows who is a freelance, maybe not clear how he can earn a living. There is a lot of light on the fact that there are employees, plenty of shade on their social position. Identifying themselves have no problems, they have it in the claims. The consciousness of what it means to be a freelancer is acquired quickly: I read, for example, the definition of a young 26 year old, found on a blog:

"But who is now a freelance? It is a worker who has no master, and that from time to time works for those who commissioned a project. A freelancer is an expert who knows how to do their job very well and has some specific skills that is skilled and continuously updated. What, however, is not a freelancer? It is not a guy who can afford to work less, from home, it is not half the worker. It is not a slacker who still work from the couch has given up a so-called normal job. "

There is a whole anthropology of freelance and some prejudice that surrounds it. Forgot the stereotype Dodger, what they like best ... is more complex, however, understand the relationships that self-employment has with the culture and social status. What rights do they have? They are professionals or charlatans? You are an elite or intellectuals proletaroidi? »Read more ...

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