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Why are we — the precariat?

Picture of Marilyn R. Rosenberg "Rest"

In 2011, I conducted a study of how we (including we, the Europeans and the inhabitants of the Land) rest. What the rhythms of the holidays dictate "flexible" employment and the neo-liberal colonization of labor. And as the vacation itself becoming a form of cost-effective use of time. The results of the survey can be found in the small and important text

Flexible work, short rest,

or how to increase productivity by eliminating geography lessons

Today, five years later, we continue to discuss the results of the neoliberal turn more consciously. In discussing these and related issues with guy Standing and Franco Berardi, who came to Moscow for the festival "NOW. How does modernity", it was very important to see the genuine interest of the Russian audience and interlocutors, who wanted to understand the essence of what is happening and has already happened change. The precariat is awakened?

the Interlocutors in the Russian humanitarian environment, who is frightened by the concept of "preconnect", "social protection", "neoliberalism" becomes significantly greater. Scheduled five, or rather, twenty years ago today trends persist or intensify. Willingness to work after 8 PM and, more broadly, the blurring of boundaries between work and leisure time, the reduction in the duration of uninterrupted rest and fragmentation of holidays, the number refused from summer vacation. Some of the data that I present in this text, is so eloquent and maybe even clearer to Russian readers than five years ago, just from personal experience.

So, from 30% to 40% of American workers feel guilty due to the fact that they are on vacation and not at work. This observation is only of Protestant America or us, the global "we"? Only 2% of compatriots per year went abroad. In 2016 this figure is reduced in comparison with the previous year. And what does "abroad" for a significant portion of the tourists in 2015, allows to judge, for example, here is the table with country data. In 2010 (men) in Russia were processed in an average of 7 hours per week more fixed legal norm of 40 hours per week. So we worked for at least a day a week more, and then a day less of rest. Decreased whether this overtime if we relax more and feel more confident, given the drop in economic performance, reduction of the average term of the employment contract and further recruitment of precarious work?

To more clearly understand the nature of changes in the management of social sector: education, culture, health, — that is in control of all of our lives, I recommend to look in the text collections, "Neoliberal governance," and to read two year old interview, "I am inspired by the experiences of the small University of trade unions" ("ind") and "Quiet glanders of neoliberalism" ("Expert Tatarstan").


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