The “Great Moderation” and the international assault on labor

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May 3, 2011
In These Times    
Posted in PND Commentary

"In most of the world, May Day is an international workers’ holiday, bound up with the bitter 19th-century struggle of American workers for an eight-hour day. The May Day just past leads to somber reflection. A decade ago, a useful word was coined in honor of May Day by radical Italian labor activists: 'precarity.' It referred at first to the increasingly precarious existence of working people 'at the margins': women, youth, migrants. Then it expanded to apply to the growing 'precariat' of the core labor force, the 'precarious proletariat' suffering from the programs of deunionization, flexibilization and deregulation that are part of the assault on labor throughout the world." (05/03/11)  


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