Momentum, a congress for critical science and practice, took place in Hallstatt from 14-17 October. This year, scientists, trade unionists, experts and students from all fields of research and politics as well as interested people and activists from practice gathered to exchange on the topic of WORK.
IG24 was represented at the congress with two contributions and told about the work situation in 24-hour care, the lack of representation of interests and the self-organisation of caregivers.
We were present with one contribution in Track #2 (work after work, moderators: Emma Dowling & Lisa Hanzl). In this track we discussed the distribution of care work and how this form of work currently looks. The work situation and also the organisation of the 24-caregivers can contribute some exciting insights for an adequate understanding of the transnational division of labour and the devaluation of care work.
In Track #4: Workers’ Movement: Class – Struggle – Cooperation
(Presenters: Anna Daimler (vidaflex) & Susanne Pernicka) Flavia Matei spoke about the possibilities and challenges of self-organisation. To one of the guiding questions of the track “What are contemporary ways for trade union organising?” we provided appropriate answers and pleaded for a clear positioning of the trade unions and support for the 24h carers and their central demands, for example the abolition of bogus self-employment.
We also used the time on site for exchanges about IG24 with academics, trade union officials and representatives of the Chamber of Labour.