Labour book I Livro de trabalho

Na União Soviética, o chamado Arbeitsbuch ou Livro de Trabalho, estabelecido em 1939, constitui um resumo da vida profissional de um funcionário. Os registros trabalhistas aí documentados servem para determinar cálculos de pensão e aposentadoria, embora o valor das pensões seja extremamente baixo e muitos idosos sejam obrigados a continuar trabalhando para sobreviver. Golovchenko aborda esse tópico político ̶ da precarização dos direitos trabalhistas e previdenciários, assim como os ataques sofridos pelo sistema de bem-estar e garantias sociais  ̶ denso e urgente, com um gesto simples. Insere fotografias que documentam a vida de trabalho de vários idosos em páginas no Livro de Trabalho de seu próprio pai. Desde seu estabelecimento, o Livro de Trabalho tem oficialmente a capa azul, que é, desde então, a cor oficial dos uniformes. Um azul que persiste em todas as imagens perseguindo a rotina das pessoas.

Labour books have existed in the Soviet Union since 1939. The German employment record book apparently inspired Stalin. These books still exist in Russia and Ukraine. They are a kind of summary of an employee’s working life and they should all be documented in his/her place of work and are used to determine pension. The level of pensions is very low and is less than 55 Euros per month. This means a struggle for survival for many seniors every day. Many of them are forced to continue working to survive. Pensions are not enough to live. The entire system of labor books therefore seems pointless. The government has deceived the workers. This series has a blue cover. At the same time, the color is specific for working clothes, both then and now. The blue color appears in every picture and “persecutes” people. I took my father’s work record and put the pictures on its pages. I deliberately put the images in the foreground, so that the contents cannot be read. Because it ultimately is not about the entries, such as their promotions and rewards, in this “meaningless” book but through the images, is a true story about the people.

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