Amandla Forum 17/10: Organising Resistance in the Gig Economy with Jamie Woodcock
Join us on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, from 18h00 at AIDC (129 Rochester Road, Observatory) for a talk on Organising Resistance in the Gig Economy with Jamie Woodcock, union organiser and author Working the Phones: Control & Resistance in Call Centres.
Jamie Woodcock is a union organizer as well as a researcher at Oxford in the UK. His organizing work is with precarious workers and in particular workers in the ‘gig economy’ from companies such as Uber and other similar digital platforms. He has worked undercover in a call centre to gather insights into the everyday experiences of call centre workers and has published a book about this titled Working the Phones. It exposes the shift towards a post-industrial service economy, and all the issues that this produces, such as the destruction of a unionised work force, isolation and alienation, loss of agency and the proliferation of surveillance and control which affects mental and physical well being of the workers. Furthermore, it presents a window onto the methods of resistance that are developing in such spaces.