Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Spontaneous organisation

From the every-good Counago and Spaves:
"No modern factory could function for twenty-four hours without [the] spontaneous organization of work that groups of workers, independent of the official business management, carry out by filling in the gaps of official production directives, by preparing for the unforeseen and for regular breakdowns of equipment, by compensating for management's mistakes, etc."
From "The Proletarian Revolution Against the Bureaucracy," by Cornelius Castoriadis, in the December 1956 issue of Socialisme ou Barbarie.

(The whole post is worth a look)


Ivy said...

Yes, if there's one, the factory is so lucky.

Anonymous said...

Ivy : I think the point was that unofficial and unrecognised extra efforts by the employees themselves are vital to the correct functioning of workplaces. Such a type of organisation does not have a name or leadership.

The importance of non-official work efforts is evident in the "Work to Rule" campaigns by dissatifised workers. "Work To Rule", or doing exactly and only what your job description / procedure manual / supervisor says is actually a form of attack / rebellion against management and grinds work to a halt.