Sergio Bologna

participated in Potere Operaio and Primo Maggio. He now works as a freelance consultant on transportation and logistics.

Workerism Beyond Fordism: On the Lineage of Italian Workerism

Workerism Beyond Fordism: On the Lineage of Italian Workerism

The sys­tem of thought that has come to be called “Ital­ian work­erism” is not an organ­ic sys­tem. Nor is it con­tained in any fun­da­men­tal text, any sort of Bible. It is instead com­posed of dif­fer­ent the­o­ret­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions from some mil­i­tant intel­lec­tu­als who found­ed the jour­nals Quaderni Rossi and Classe Opera­ia.

Inside Logistics: Organization, Work, Distinctions

Inside Logistics: Organization, Work, Distinctions

Logis­tics can nev­er be under­stood from out­side the ware­house, only by com­ing inside and look­ing at the tech­niques employed, the equip­ment and the orga­ni­za­tion of work does one under­stand if we find our­selves faced with some­thing that belongs to the new econ­o­my, in the real sense of the term, or that resem­bles the sweat­shops of Bangladesh. There is there­fore no orga­ni­za­tion of stan­dard­ized labor with spe­cif­ic fig­ures, because every com­mod­i­ty sec­tor has its speci­fici­ty in indus­tri­al logis­tics, and because in dis­tri­b­u­tion logis­tics, not all goods are sub­ject to the same treat­ment (think only of per­ish­able prod­ucts, the cold chain or dan­ger­ous and tox­ic prod­ucts). Speak­ing in the gener­ic sense of “logis­tics” does not lead us any­where.