Ditching the Fear: The logistics workers’ movement in Italy

Cautiously pessimistic

Ditching the Fear, a recent (80 minutes long) film looking at the activities of the Italian base union SI Cobas and its involvement in warehouse workers struggles there, is now available to view online at labournet.tv. It’s a great look at people in crappy working conditions, how they fight back together, and how starting from people’s real work and lives immediately means coming up against questions like gendered harassment, instability tied to immigration status, and confrontations with the cops. Highly recommended. In the film-makers’ own words:

Since 2008 in northern Italy, unusual things have been happening. Companies, the polical class and the media are using the onset of the crisis to further undermine workers’ rights, which have been, up until now, crushed. On the other side, a lively and strong resistance has been forming at the bottom end of the wage scale.

Of all people, it is the precarious…

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