Logistics & the Transnational Social Strike
Edited by TSS Platform. Layout by Love Lagerkvist. Strike Platform.
This reader collects texts written by workers, activists and trade union members from several European countries, who took part in the discussions promoted by the Transnational Social Strike Platform around the issue of logistics.
Since the beginning, as TSS platform we recognized that logistics poses an unavoidable political challenge to any movement aiming to overturn the present conditions of exploitation. Rather than just referring to infrastructures, transportation and delivery, logistics can be described as the underlying logic of today's capitalism and one of the leading forces behind the ongoing restructuring of production, political spaces — states, cities and metropolis — and social relations.
Its specific relevance lies in the constant work of fragmenting and stretching the different knots of the chains of production and reproduction, in order to dispose them according to the exclusive needs of a transnational valorisation and to produce the conditions of a complete disposability of workers' time and life. Logistics thus includes a complex and multifarious set of technical tools, standards, protocols, organizing principles, institutional structures and legal conditions that materially and politically affect the way in which capital attempts to command social cooperation and to govern living labour.
The articles collected in this reader and its introduction underline different aspects of logistics which, taken together, show its specific and nonetheless general political dimension.