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The Art Of Work #19 43 Days Underground

16 November 2020

What does it mean to be part of a large enterprise today? How many people does there need to be in order to fulfill a collective will? 

Iron ore mining workers in the city of Kryviy Rih in Ukraine had stayed 43 days underground, desperate to fight for better conditions of work and better rates of remuneration, and against humiliation by their employers.

Is there a chance of understanding in those relations? What does it take to treat the workers seriously?

Composing and reading poetry down the mine, recording addresses to the president, the workers protest action is paralleled by a huge support campaign by their coworkers and family that unravels at the enterprise’s front door, and then through a delegation to the capital. Banging helmets in protest at the governmental buildings. Labor right expert and social movements researcher comment on the situation.

Music:

For The Righteous Babe Working At The Ice Cream Stand (Sunrise On My Shoulders) by Glass Boy

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