In my working lifetime, the workforce has been delayered, deskilled, automated, de-industrialised and atomized. Management has asserted it's 'right to manage' beyond even the memory of such a 'right' being questioned. But where is our new Braverman to theorise all this from the left?
More mundanely, where are the tactics appropriate to this new situation? So let me welcome a new idea - well new to me anyway. It's a response to the recent NUT vote for a potential pay strike, but I think it could have a wider application. Resistance by refusing to fill in the forms necessary to manage an information society.
"What is needed is the strategic withdrawal of forms of labour which will only be noticed by management: all of the machineries of self-surveillance that have no effect whatsoever on the delivery of education, but which managerialism could not exist without....it's time that teaching unions got far more immanent, and take the opportunity opened up the crisis - their crisis, our opportunity.... to begin to rid public services of business ontology. (When even businesses can't be run as businesses, why should public services?)"
From here, via GTR and the Fatman.
Hey, it may not be as dramatic as a factory occupation, but it may just be more relevant to quite a large section of the workforce...