Tag: precarization

State of the Union 2021

16 September, 2021 · European Union

Von der Leyen addresses a nearly empty Parliament in the State of the Union 2021 debate.
Von der Leyen addresses a nearly empty Parliament in the State of the Union 2021 debate.

Yesterday the European Parliament held the State of the Union 2021 debate. In her speech, Ursula von der Leyen skipped central issues and tensions between countries in order to emphasize the constituent tone with which the Commission tries to curtail the memory of the many social disasters it drives and coordinates: from its infamous border and migration policy to the vaccination campaign via the impact of the Green Deal on the electricity bill.

Spain’s new dual vocational training: public lies, private business and savings for large companies

14 September, 2021 · Spain

Dual vocational training

A week after the publication of the law establishing the new vocational training, the public news media promise us that “for the first time in history vocational training will no longer be the poor relative” and the government hypocritically repeats that the new training will create jobs. This is not true. But they leave workers no other option. The new vocational training transforms the entire labor market and no worker is going to be able to stay out of it. That is why enrollment applications have grown by 51% and it is already clear that in many autonomous communities there will not be enough places this year. Not by miscalculation, but by design. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ford F-150 Lightning: the precarious life of the Green Deal and America’s first steps into the war economy

29 May, 2021 · TV

Ford F-150 Lightning, the vehicle of a new green era of precarization and war economy.
Ford F-150 Lightning, the vehicle of a new green era of precarization and war economy.

There exist advertisements which condense an era with far greater economy than any novel or film. The ad for Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Ford’s iconic vehicle for the Biden’s Green Deal is, by the same token, a promotional ad for precarious living rather than a celebration of green comfort, a Nomadland to insert into big-league matches and Superbowls rather than a sales pitch. But Biden has gone a step further: the Green Deal’s pick-up is also the symbol of a looming new war economy.

Nomadland

24 May, 2021 · Arts and enterteinment

Nomadland
Nomadland

Nomadland, directed by Chloe Zhao, won the this years’ Oscar for Best Picture. The novelty: it acknowledges the existence of workers and the precariousness they experience. The question: why did it win?

Porto Social Commitment: the EU’s 2030 precarization program

12 May, 2021 · European Union

Michel, franked by von der Leyen and Costa shows the signed text of the "Porto Social Commitment".
Michel, franked by von der Leyen and Costa shows the signed text of the "Porto Social Commitment".

The EU’s Porto Social Summit unveils, decades later, its long-promised “social pillar” program. The “Porto Social Commitment” has been triumphantly presented as a shift towards employment and workers, a return to the welfare discourse that would definitively close the door to more precariousness and “austerity”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The commitment will be austerity’s banner.

Mare of Easttown

21 April, 2021 · TV

Kate Winslet as Mare of Easttown
Kate Winslet as Mare of Easttown

HBO kicked off the broadcast yesterday of Mare of Easttown, a crime series starring Kate Winslet which promises to be the best of the season but is splitting US critics into two camps.

How will Biden’s “Green New Deal” affect workers?

8 December, 2020 · USA

Biden's New Green Deal and the global minimum rate go hand in hand.
Biden's New Green Deal and the global minimum rate go hand in hand.

Biden’s “Green New Deal” is presented as the most important change that the new U.S. government will implement. Its consequences for workers will be enormous… and not good.

Working class poverty and deceitful promises

8 October, 2020 · Spain

Capitalism mobilizes more and more resources into making us poorer in relative terms. But when crisis devalues capital, it impoverishes us in absolute terms in order to regain momentum. And since in every cycle capital finds it increasingly difficult to recover, we have been suffering from precarization and impoverishment for more than ten years without ever recovering. All the plans for the recovery of capital are plans to worsen the global situation of the workers.

What’s coming next

2 September, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Queues at an unemployment office in Madrid

Between now and the end of the year, the crisis is going to arise all over the world in all its harshness. The first signs are already here.

Can the European “Recovery” Fund ease the crisis?

27 July, 2020 · European Union

Conte and Sánchez last summer.

The low volume of the “recovery” funds turns them into a mere cover of the “austerity” promoted by the EU, with all that it means for the workers as a forced reduction of the general exploitation costs of the labor power: less healthcare services, education, social cohesion, etc. But this “austerity”would remain a mere appetizer for the general offensive against workers’ conditions implied by the “reforms” aimed at by this “recovery fund”.

What is Spain?

30 June, 2020 · Spain

Nadia Calviño, Spanish Vicepresident of Economic Affaires.

Today, the Spanish Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, has published a document to convince large capital funds to invest in state debt. In other words, she explains why betting on the overall result of national capital is a good investment. The set allows to understand well the continuity of the “road map” of the Spanish bourgeoisie and what it considers its “achievements”. Achievements that, of course, the PSOE-IU-Podemos government makes its own and intends to carry “further”.

Against precariousness

Statement of Emancipation for a mobilization of all workers together against precariousness and unemployment