Capital and Workers

The story I will try to tell in this series of articles is about the transformations of values, rights, and ethics, related to work.
A crucial part of the series will be the Italian automotive industry and its workforce, that is, in my opinion, one of the most representative examples of a country’s destiny and of the way in which the relationship between workers, society, and politics is becoming always more rarefied.
The disappearance of the workers in the public debate is the signal of a shift of values and ethics in a country collective identity and it is in order to understand this process that I write these notes.
It will probably be a never ending story, in the sense that I don’t know if I will ever be able to take it to a conclusion, but at the same time, there will be many possibilities for an ending. Time will let me (and you, readers) discover if I will be able to resist the temptation of abandoning my project.
Among the protagonists of this story there is going to be the a car maker, FIAT, the only Italian producer of auto-vehicles, and one of the most important and crucial industries of the country. If not the most important. The acronym FIAT stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Car Factory Turin) and it has a name of a city in it, because the city of Turin is the city where the history of the company began, and it is the hometown of the Agnelli family, the family who owns the company.
FIAT, probably like Italy and the world, went through rapid and revolutionary changes in the 20th century, and began the 21st century by managing to transport the relationship between Capital and Workers into a new era (some would probably say an old one) full of shadows.
One of the aim of this part of the blog is that of shedding light onto these shadows.
In order to access the articles in these categories, you can simply click on “Capital and Workers” in the list of “Themes” on the right side of the homepage.
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