Available for the 1st time in one quantity, the 2 influential and well-circulated pamphlets that include Abolish Work supply state-of-the-art category research and opinions of everyday life from the frontlines of the category struggle observed by way of uncensored, cutting edge illustrations. “Abolish eating places” is an illustrated advisor to the day-by-day miseries, rigidity, boredom, and alienation that eating place paintings can entail, in addition to the ways that eating place staff struggle opposed to those. It attracts on various anticapitalist principles in addition to massive own adventure. “Work, neighborhood, Politics, conflict” is a comic creation to fashionable society, picking out either the oppressive and subversive trends that exist this day with the purpose of remaking society. jointly, the items learn alternately like a worker’s diary, a quick tale, a psychology of lifestyle, and a historic account.
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Anyone who is forced to do something over and over and over and over and over again has to take some minor interest in it or go crazy. Anyone who works in restaurants long enough can’t help but take a little pride in all the knowledge they acquire about food, wine, and human behavior. Still, aside from a handful of chefs in very expensive restaurants, the only people who are really proud to be restaurant workers are the boss’s pets, who are usually shunned by the rest of the workers. But the rejection of our condition as restaurant workers is not simply a conscious preference.
Employers first fought the unions, hiring scabs, using hired thugs and police to beat up workers on strike—fearing any representation of the workers would cut into their profits. As unions grew, employers were forced to bargain with them. Employers used this to their own advantage. Joining a union became a protected right in many places. Union bargaining procedures were written into law. Workers representatives were recognized. A whole series of gains were turned on their heads. Union dues were taken directly out of all workers paychecks.
People only last a few months. They employ lots of young people who are only looking for part-time or temporary employment. Restaurant jobs aren’t seen as desirable, and people are always looking to move to a better job. This makes the creation of stable unions very difficult. But this state of affairs is as much a result of an unorganized industry as it is a cause. Many industries were like this before unions took hold. In heavily unionized industries, employers have been forced to give up the power to hire, fire, and change job descriptions at will.