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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Control by the workforce vs deskilling, robotisation and workfare at the behest of those who rob themselves of their humanity

Many thanks to Wembley Matters blogger Martin Francis for bringing the above video to the attention of this blog administrator by publication on Wembley Matters blog.(1) What Phil Asquith says on the video about 'Scientific Management' or Taylorism and Robert Boguslaw emphasises how much work under capitalism or post-industrialism has become dehumanising. Asquith also talks about workers in draughty and damp conditions striking to gain parity with the machines they were working for that had their environmental needs met by default. 

Through questions from the floor, the point is also raised about how the education system is essentially against such workers control as the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Corporate Plan helped to initiate.

The type of 'work' that is increasingly presented under jobcentre conditionality is increasingly toward robotisation of the workforce under the direction of people whose definition of 'profit' indicates that they rob themselves of their humanity. Rather than inspiration, the DWP uses psycho-coercion to drive people into the 'workplace'.(2) Do the DWP want to bring the social condition known in China as the guolaosi to British shores?(3)

Under such circumstances, it is little wonder that Mental Health Resistance Network says 'Work is Shit'.(4)

For more constructive, inspirational ideas, there is an evening about both the Grunwick 40 and the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine's Corporate Plan this coming Friday 22 July 2016 at London Anarchist Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 (nearest tubes Whitechapel and Aldgate East).(5) 

Link address

  1. http://wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/grunwick-lucas-aerospace-40-years-on.html
  2. http://kilburnunemployed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/psycho-coercion-and-workfare-talk-by-lynne-friedli-of-boycott-workfare.html
  3. http://schott.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/18/guolaosi/
  4. https://www.facebook.com/events/487037628153144/
  5. http://wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/grunwick-lucas-aerospace-40-years-on.html

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