archive for the 'labour' Category

A new era

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

When I went to sleep yesterday night I was expecting my daughters Yuki and Mika to wake up in a world where three of the most powerful persons are women. Instead, we woke up to a world in which a misogynistic, ignorant, racist, fear-monger was elected to be the next president of the United States […]

The Homeless house cleaners of the sharing economy

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

If this NY mag article is to be believed you can hire house cleaners who are themselves homeless via a San Francisco based startup that has received $40 million in funding. Guess this says a lot about how out of whack the bay area real estate market is, but that is not what the […]

Migrant Media Metropole

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

this saturday my friend Valery (together with Eric & Merijn) are hosting a mini conference called ‘Migrant Media Metropole – New labour struggles in the global city‘ at the Balie in Amsterdam. Migration and media-activists gather with theorists and labour organizers to discuss and share best practices in the fight against precarity and insecure labour […]


Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

ran into some amazing slideshows in the last couple of days which somehow remind me of my trip to Dubai, India and China (see here) late last year. first, the New York Times (which apparently is one and a half inches less wide these days) has a beautiful slideshow from construction sites in Dubai (see […]

a2+b2=c2 – or the french air traffic controllers are on strike…

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

… and thus you have to fly around french airspace when you are going from amsterdam to lisbon and back. takes about an hour and twenty minutes more than the direct route, but creates a somewhat beautiful route display on the in-flight entertainment system: also reminds me of a picture i took like three years […]

how to get fired from a callcenter

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

yesterday i saw john & jane, a film about call center workers in new bombay by Ashim Ahluwalia, which is running as part of the berlin film festival. the filme is an impressive, beautifully shot (but sometimes slow) portrait of six persons working in a call center (‘4th dimension’) which provides a range of services […]

freedom of movement (looking back on my thesis)

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

it is almost four years ago that i finally finished my thesis (‘The freedom of movement of workers in the context of the Eastern enlargement of the European Union’ – download the pdf here) and concluded my studies in comparative political science at the University of Amsterdam. After finishing the thesis and getting my diploma […]

argentinean technicians

Friday, January 20th, 2006

i almost missed my flight today. first air france offered me €150 and hotel costs if i would consider flying the next day as the flight was overbooked. given that it was sunny 30C in BsAs and snowy -2C in berlin i immediately accepted their proposal. i was given a voucher for €150 and asked […]

women empowerment

Friday, December 16th, 2005

so apparently the government of Maharashtra (the same idiots who came up with the brilliant idea to rename bombay into mumbai) thinks it can improve the position of women by stenciling ‘women empowerment’ on the back of every second rickshaw in the state (the other half has ‘if a girl studies progress will happen’ stenciled […]

born again camera

Friday, November 11th, 2005

among other things i dropped my camera (a canon powershot pro1) today. i had dropped it once before and nothing had happened then but today it broke. the 30 cm fall from a table on a stone floor resulted in parts of the casing coming of the body and the trigger casing being broken so […]