Wages for Students
Edited by Jakob Jakobson with an introduction by George Caffentzis, Monty Neill, and John Willshire-Carrera
English–Spanish Bi-lingual edition co-published with Vaticanochico (Santiago, Chile)
Forthcoming: January 2014
We are fed up with working for free.
We demand real money now for the schoolwork we do.
We must force capital, which profits from our work, to pay for our schoolwork. Only then can we stop depending on financial aid, our parents, working second and third jobs or working during summer vacations for our existence. We already earn a wage; now we must be paid for it. Only in this way can we seize more power to use in our dealings with capital.
No more unpaid schoolwork!
The Wages for Students Students
Wages for Students was written and distributed by militants during student strikes in Massachussets and New York in the fall of 1975. The authors were all involved with a journal titled Zerowork. The journal’s theoretical approach was a synthesis of the “workerist” perspective (coming from Italy) and the Wages for Housework Campaign initiated in 1972 by the International Feminist Collective. The neoliberalization of the university was just beginning in 1975. Wages for Students described and satirized this shift.
In collaboration with Jakob Jakobson and the editors of Vaticanochico, we bring this important “pamphlet in the form of a blue book” back into circulation as student movements in U.S., Chile, and Montreal recompose a hemispheric struggle for free education and against the devastating effects of the privatization of the educational system. The arguments for this system based on debt and speculation turning every student into little business administrator of his future has a poignant counterpart in this provocative pamphlet. With this republication, today’s student protagonists can read the struggles of their historical antecedents.
“It is clear, in retrospect, that capital and its state understood that the expansion and inclusivity of the wage that Wages for Housework and Wages for Students promoted was a political threat to the system.” —from the Introduction
About the authors:
Author: Jakob Jakobson (Editor), with an introduction by George Caffentzis, Monty Neill, and John Willshire-Carrera
Publisher: Common Notions/Vaticanochico
Published: January 2014
Size: 4 by 6
Page count: 80 Pages