"In the new way of working, a high rate of devotion to the company's objective is necessary: those who have the privilege of working in a long-term position have to demonstrate a total availability to the 'mood shifts' within the company and to the oscillations in production caused by the variations in demand. This is the explanation for the increase in overtime, often unpaid, which would seem paradoxical when on the outside a full 10 percent of the population is statistically unemployed. This, however, also explains why we are moving from a regime where in the job market the social rights of workers were almost universally acknowledged (in the form, for instance, of collective bargaining) and were protected by solid and lasting juridical norms, to a regime where workers' rights are rapidly disappearing under the pressure of economical needs and contingencies. When the marketing of goods is in charge and imposes quantity and quality in real time (just-in-time), work becomes increasingly constrictive: we need to show ourselves capable or devotion and obedience, under penalty of losing our job. When production can no longer be planned since the market is no longer able to expand infinitely, as happened in Fordism, due to the compression of purchasing power; when, in other words, contingency reigns, the unforeseeable becomes the rule and everything rests on immediate adaptability. The spaces for juridical protections and universal rights, independent from specific juridical persons, close up."

 -- Christian Marazzi, Capital and Affects


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