Online shopping’s invisible wage slaves

By Odd Man Out

A reporter for Mother Jones worked on assignment for an online shipping company and heard this from a member of the local chamber of commerce:

“But look at it from their perspective. They need you to work as fast as possible to push out as much as they can as fast as they can. So they’re gonna give you goals, and then you know what? If you make those goals, they’re gonna increase the goals. But they’ll be yelling at you all the time. It’s like the military. They have to break you down so they can turn you into what they want you to be. So they’re going to tell you, ‘You’re not good enough, you’re not good enough, you’re not good enough,’ to make you work harder. Don’t say, ‘This is the best I can do.’ Say, ‘I’ll try,’ even if you know you can’t do it. Because if you say, ‘This is the best I can do,’ they’ll let you go. They hire and fire constantly, every day. You’ll see people dropping all around you. But don’t take it personally and break down or start crying when they yell at you.”

6 thoughts on “Online shopping’s invisible wage slaves

  1. Yeah, plus they pay slave wages and they just get rid of you one day when you aren’t of any use to them anymore or are replaced by a robot (yeah, they have them now in these caverous warehouses).

    On another note, that homeowners insurance we’re REQUIRED to have when we buy a house (it’s to protect the mortgage lender) is starting to unravel due to, wait for it – CLIMATE CHANGE!

    “As weather gets biblical, insurers go missing

    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – As weather disasters strike with more frequency, homeowners first get hit with the destruction or total loss of property. Many are then hit with the unexpected loss of homeowners insurance policies as insurance companies re-evaluate their financial liabilities.

    After a tornado ripped through Springfield, Massachusetts, last year, R. Paula Lazzari’s home was badly damaged. The retired teacher found broken windows, missing siding and a damaged roof. Her insurer offered to fund repairs for one broken window and some of the siding. It took nine months — and mediation services from an independent adjuster and the Massachusetts Division of Insurance — to get her bills paid, according to the parties involved.

    In this era of unpredictable weather patterns, Lazzari’s case is not unique. Insurance companies are raising rates, cutting coverage, balking at some payouts and generally shifting more expense and liability to homeowners, according to reports from the industry and its critics.”

    (There’s lots more.)

  2. Ain’t Capitalism grand! “Modern industry has converted the little workshop of the patriarchal master into the great factory of the industrial Capitalist. Masses of labourers….are organized like soldiers. As privates of the industrial army they are placed under the command of a perferct hierarchy of officers and sergeants. Not only are they slaves of the bourgeois class, and of the bourgeois state; they are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine,” etc. Marx, 1848. It was true then and it’s just as true today.

  3. Now, now. Don’t mind that bamboo shoot under your fingernail. Just be glad you have a job.

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