Work shattered, the book comes out

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

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

Well, good. I had almost given up hope on the fate of this publication. See below now my intervention on the side of the essay by Andrew Ross (!!) it's 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 page 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 to try to reconcile. 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 state of generalized insecurity, on the other hand must be found within and against it, an escape capable encouraging the emergence of the upright excess of subjectivity that the end of the Fordist labor into evidence. To understand the phenomenon as a whole then it should be avoided to reduce the analysis of the condition of the work in a both necessary and sufficient paradigm of affliction, and to study the relationship that 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 how the various forms of work become part of the new process of value creation founded, now in a more direct, over the entire life time and social cooperation. The aim is to investigate the fragmentation and insecurity as one of the key elements, along with the process of financialization, the new regime of capitalist accumulation. Only by linking it with the resistors that pass through 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. beans, 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 Business in the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bologna. His publications include: Capitalism, labor and forms of subjectivity (Sapere2000, 2005), 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: "Wealth and limits of environmentalism" in Ottavio Marzocca (eds), Governing the environment? (Mimesis, 2009).

Proposals to reform the Labour Renzi

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

19. Reforming pensions for even pensions. Pension you can, right away, to equalize the retirement age for women than for men, establishing a single window registry of 63-67 years old to enter the retirement allowance commensurate with the life expectancy in accordance with 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 the professional. We must abolish unnecessary professional bodies and bring the rest to a function of market regulators and corporate security for those already working. You have to get to the abolition of minimum fees and further reduction of restrictions on the advertising of professional studies, so that everyone has an opportunity to be heard.

29. Liberalization of accident and health insurance. The activities carried out by Inail, the public monopoly in charge of the business of diseases and injuries of workers plays a typical of any private insurance company. You must then open the access of insurance against accidents at work by private insurance or reinsurance undertaking.

35. Overcoming insecurity through a single contract protections progressive. To overcome the dualism of the labor market, which sees workers with all the guarantees and other (young) with no guarantee is 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 benefits universal, applicable to employees of small and medium-sized enterprises and founded upon the principle of the 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 collective bargaining agreements.

38. rates rose. Italy has the lowest percentage of women 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 terms of work.

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 everyone, although there is talk of universality, an idea to be sure, already proposed by the Sacconi Linked Work and in Statute of work. Renzi rates rose and then focuses on decentralized bargaining in derogation of national collective bargaining agreement (also present between the lines of the famous Article 8 of the operation of the Berlusconi government). On deregulation goes further the philosophy of the Bersani Decree providing for the elimination of professional associations. On pensions think like Boers on contributions for all but eliminate old-age pensions (!) While only 63-67 exit window the same for everyone, men and women, and facilitating cash balances with the youth work with notional contribution to cost zero ie on the cost of youth work (a line for another similar to that of Montezemolo). A completely new and interesting hypothesis in paragraph 29 of liberalization of insurance on accidents and illnesses, but where there is no explicit reference to any hypothesis to opt out of the public system.

In other words nothing totally divergent from the party line or at least of some of its members (preferring reformism Ichino to line Fassina), contaminated by positions heterogeneous and in some cases the 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 and freelance, 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

Get me notes via FTP?

Published by Linda Gratton of the London Business School on his blog The Future of Work , this makes me feel special and feel a little 'old. I finished University in 1996, not long then:-) but I do not remember a single portable classroom at the time. Maybe because it was more productive to look at the fellow bench chatting on Facebook to find the love of life, perhaps because laptops 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 the space of learning?

University of Missouri

Among professional and coworking

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

Radio Citta Fujiko - Bologna

The journalist Alice Bellicioni, whom I thank, devotes a page in the cultural area of the site to our book and Mama Tandoori Ernest van der Kwast. At the bottom of the 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 Heavy urser:-) and published in the current issue of Joy (October 29, 2011, p. 181). Thanks to Loredana. Here his beautiful piece:

Una vita da freelance - Loredana Oliva - GIOIA

Economics of the Free, no thanks.

I will not stop repeating it, and it happens around here for years (try to do a search on keyword "work" + "free" ), that the 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 friendly epithet "bitch" because there has done it and here in Italy at most 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 on the side and looking 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?" The book by Freelance Life (Feltrinelli, 2011), written with Sergio Bologna and in many posts on 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 end up joking reasons to hurt you.

In some investigations published recently there have reasoned two brave journalists, Roberta Pugs at the beginning of August in L'Espresso (11/08/2011) realized the investigation " We have to work for free "( here in. PDF) and then Loredana Saporito, who has recently published in Glamour (237 in 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]. Following the article published in Glamour: "Continued ...

PCG's Guide to Freelancing

PCG's Guide To Freelancing The Guide to freelancing made ​​in the UK came in the sixth edition. In my opinion it is quite useful to those whose professional work independently in Italy and worth a look ...

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

The industrial revolution of our time

In an hour I will be at 900 Museum in Piazza Duomo in Milan to talk to Paul Perulli, Gad Lerner and Cristina Tajani (commissioner to work of the Municipality of Milan), the book I wrote with Sergio Bologna. I have no idea what space and time will be. I like to listen more than talk, but if I had a way, this is more or less what I would 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 is a freelance industrial revolution of our time. I am fully convinced of it. I am writing on a personal blog (this one) for six years, three before when The New York Times has noticed that there are the VAT, but ten after a work by Sergio Bologna and Andrea Fumagalli that led to the headlines of the research the social "professional work independently of the second generation."

This means that there is nothing new. Today, everyone knows who is a freelancer, you may not have very clear how he can make a living. There is a lot of light on the fact that there are employees, plenty of shade on their social position. Have no trouble in identifying it, they have 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 in turn 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's not a guy who can afford to work less, from home, it is not half the worker. It's not a slacker who while working from the sofa to quit a job so-called normal. "

There is a whole anthropology of freelance and some prejudice that surrounds it. Forgot the stereotype Dodger, what I like best ... It is more difficult, however, to understand the relationships that self-employment has with the culture and the welfare state. What rights do they have? They are professionals or charlatans? You are an elite or intellectual proletaroidi? "Continued ...

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