Italy - Amazon brings back Taylorism - February 28, 2018

The announcement of Amazon to introduce bracelets in order to optimise workers’ performance has led to a furious protest. Politicians and unions refer to the early days of capitalism and talk about robotising mankind. In a critical blog, the website Equal Times analyses the current situation in logistics and the background of the dispute at Amazon that led in 2017 to a walk-out. In the global context of easy relocation and falling transport costs, logistics appears to have become the main profit generating factor, exploiting the differences between production costs in the manufacturing countries and end prices in the destination markets. Moreover, recourse to technology, rather than benefitting workers, appears to have increased their workload, judging by the ever-decreasing turnaround times, which in logistics encompasses transportation, packaging, warehousing and the delivery of goods.

Read on: in English …   Video: in Italian …   The Equal Times blog: in English …

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