Labor relations

COVID-19 Pandemisi ve Sınıf Mücadelesi

> COVID-19 Pandemisi ve Sınıf Mücadelesi

Dario Azzellini, Zacatecas Otonom Üniversitesi, Meksika

Pandémie de COVID-19 et lutte des classes

Pandémie de COVID-19 et lutte des classes

Dario Azzellini, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexique

La pandemia de COVID-19 y la lucha de clases

La pandemia de COVID-19 y la lucha de clases

por Dario Azzellini, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, México

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Class Struggle

Crises under capitalism tend to increase existing inequalities. This is also a consequence of the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global labor income decreased by an estimated 10.7 % (or US$3.5 trillion) in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the total combined wealth of the more than 2,200 official billionaires worldwide grew from $9.5 trillion on December 31, 2019 to an estimated US$11.4 trillion a year later.

Eine Untersuchung zu neun europäischen Ländern: Frankreich, Portugal, Spanien, Niederlande, Vereinigtes Königreich, Schweden, Norwegen, Polen und Slowakei

Nachhaltige Arbeit Länderstudie über Diskurse, Politiken und Akteure

Abstract: Nachhaltige Entwicklung ist politisches Ziel der EU und ihrer Mitgliedsstaaten. CO2-Reduktion, Energie- und Mobilitätswende sind tagesaktuell. Spätestens zum Jahr 2050 soll in Europa die Treibhausgasneutralität erreicht werden, bereits bis zum Jahr 2030 soll die Bundesverwaltung in Deutschland klimaneutral sein. Nicht nur Produktion und Konsum werden sich dadurch massiv verändern, sondern auch die Erwerbsarbeit und die Arbeitsmärkte.

Why isn’t there an Uber for live music? The digitalisation of intermediaries and the limits of the platform economy


Digitalization and marketization in live music

Limits of the platform economy

Online platforms have disrupted parts of the capitalist economy, with allegedly severe consequences in the world of work. This study examines live music in Germany and the UK, where online platforms do not dominate, despite considerable digitalization of market intermediaries. The analysis shows that, as the degree of digitalization increases, matching services tend to work less as a workers representative which is traditionally the case for live music agents and more as a force of marketization that disciplines workers by orchestrating price-based competition.

Why haven’t platforms taken over live music?

The limits of the “platform economy”

It is often assumed that the “platform economy” is in the ascendancy, and is taking over more and more economic sectors. Because of this, much research on the matter has focused on characterising and evaluating this change: what are the relative advantages and disadvantages of this kind of work compared to more “traditional” jobs? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about it? Hence, most current research has looked at the experience of workers in industries which are already highly “platformised” (such as ride sharing, food delivery, or clickwork).

Podcast, 16:48 min

Why the music industry won’t be “Uberized” with Charles Umney and Dario Azzellini

Podcast: Why the music industry won’t be “Uberized” with Charles Umneyand Dario Azzellini. Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change, University of Leeds, June 2022, 16:48 min

Dr Charles Umney and Dr Dario Azzellini discuss the limits to the platform economy, and why many occupations are unlikely to be‘Uberized’, using the live music industry as an example.

Self-Organised Workers’ Struggles in the Twenty-First Century

The Class Strikes Back

The Class Strikes Back

The Class Strikes Back examines case studies of twenty-first-century workers’ struggles from both the Global North and South, highlighting the stories of workers fighting to organize and join democratic and independent unions.