Total Eclipse of Work?

Neue Protestformen in der gig economy am Beispiel des Foodora Streiks in Turin

  • Stefania Animento Universität Milano-Bicocca
  • Giorgio Di Cesare
  • Cristian Sica
Schlagworte: Gig Economy, Foodora, Bringdienste, Plattformökonomie, Digitaler Kapitalismus, Arbeit

Abstract

Contemporary capitalism is characterized by the expansion of the digital economy, in which new forms of exploitation and of value creation are taking place. In particular, in the gig economy cheap labour is organized and managed via digital platforms. While new forms of protest are also spreading, there is a lack of research on the ways workers of this sector are organizing in order to face hyper-exploitation and precarity. We analyse the case of the Foodora workers in Turin, who have been organizing protests and a strike in the past months. While Italian unions are slow in facing the challenges brought by the transformation of work since the end of Fordism, these and other precarious workers have been developing innovative forms of protests, including a new form of strike, which is much more autonomous than the Fordist one. We highlight some aspects of the Foodora protest, in particular the re-appropriation of public space and the misuse of the means of production, which are turned into weapons against the employer. Finally, we look closer at the property of algorithms as a key issue for future struggles in the digital economy.

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Autor/innen-Biografien

Stefania Animento, Universität Milano-Bicocca

Stefania Animento promoviert in Stadtsoziologie an der Universität Milano-Bicocca und an der Humboldt Universität in Berlin

Giorgio Di Cesare

Giorgio Enrico De Cesare hat ein BA in Philosophie an der Università di Torino absolviert und studiert an der TU Berlin den MA Kultur und Geschichte der Wissenschaft und Technik

Cristian Sica

Cristian Sica ist ein Aktivist des Laboratorio Acrobax in Rom und engagiert sich bei Kämpfen gegen Prekarität und für das Grundeinkommen und den universellen Zugang zum Welfare.

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Veröffentlicht
2017-06-01
Zitationsvorschlag
Animento, S., Di Cesare, G., & Sica, C. (2017). Total Eclipse of Work?. PROKLA. Zeitschrift für Kritische Sozialwissenschaft, 47(187), 271 - 290. https://doi.org/10.32387/prokla.v47i187.145