Ditching the Fear – Film Screening Fri 5th Feb
Ditching the Fear – The Logistics Workers’ Movement in Italy (and Beyond)
Film Screening and Debate
Friday 5th February, 5.30pm, Hunter Lecture Theatre, Hunter Building, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
Counterinfo Lab and Plan C are organising a film screening of Ditching the Fear, followed by a discussion with the filmaker and the collective Angry Workers (London). The film is about logistic workers in Italy portraying the struggle of mainly migrant workers against the harsh labour regime within logistics and how this put workers’ self-organisation back on the wider political agenda..
Since the financial crisis in 2008, states, companies, and politicians have increasingly undermined workers’ and union rights all over Europe and beyond. However, unusual events have occurred in the Southern Europe countries most hit by European Austerity policies. We see low-wage workers developing new forms of effective and lively resistance. The documentary “Ditching the fear” follows the struggles and actions taken by precarious migrant workers in Italian warehouses and logistics companies. Over 10 days, the embedded film team discusses, fights, and documents what can be understood as the forefront of a new workers’ movement. With the help and experience of the grassroots union SI-COBAS the migrant workers are effectively organising against their isolation and degrading working conditions, displaying solidarity that is changing their work and lives.
The documentary (80mins) is in Italian with English subtitles. It has been produced by the team at labournet.tv. The discussion, organised by Counterinfo Lab, IWW, Plan C and the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, will include activists groups and researchers involved with warehouses and retail sector struggles in the UK as well as in Scotland. The collective Angry Workers will partecipate to the discussion introducing their activities in South London Warehouses and presenting their recent writings on Amazon workplace conditions. Members of Edinburgh Migrants Forum will be taking part to the discussion.