21st century globalized capitalism has successfully restructured the labour market in Canada. The overwhelming majority of new jobs are either contract, part-time or on call employment relationships. Canadians who are under 30 are expected to have more than 8 employers before they are 40.
Working short-term employment also means that we are less committed to the workplace and less invested in our relationships with coworkers. Concurrently we move more often, We increasingly use credit to bridge the “cash flow problems” that occur as we move from job to job, fewer us have bank accounts, and our social relationships, including those with our families and our friendships, are often shorter than they would have been 25 years ago.
At the same time the commodification and sexualization of everything is reducing the cultural ideals to banalities.
Historically the Left was organized either residentially; i.e. by community, or by workplace; ie unions. Solidarity was based on the pervasive understanding of a common experience and an identifiable common future. life characterized by multiple short-term employments or contract work weakens the attraction of the traditional union and community mobilizing is weakened by shorter-term residencies.
At the same time we have lost the 8 hour day and gained an large amounts of cheap disposable stuff. Most employed people either have too little work or too much to do.
In my opinion doing more of what we've always done is not an effective strategy to combat either neoliberalism or 21st-century capitalism. However we cannot begin to create new organizing models until we actually acknowledge that the world is changed. Therefore I am presenting this posting in the hope that collective thought might actually lead to more useful action.