Workers
Creative resistance to racial capitalism within and beyond the workplace
in Creativity and resistance in a hostile world
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This chapter reflects on the making of the film Workers. The context of the film is employment in food factories and warehouses in eastern England in the 2010s. Certain kinds of role – particularly those involving zero-hours and/or limited-duration contracts and low-status, low-paid, fast-paced work – became associated with international migrant workers rather than British workers, having the effect of racialising the people employed in them as migrants. The film draws attention both to the harsh employment conditions faced by workers and to people’s creativity and conviviality and their resistance to intensified workplace regimes. The chapter comprises of three sections, written in turn by a research participant, who is a former warehouse and food factory worker and one of the film’s narrators, and by the film’s two co-producers: the director and the academic researcher. The chapter ends with a broader critique of racial capitalism in contemporary employment relations.

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