interim manager and supply chain and logistics specialist, aiming at operations excellence

“Sorry, we missed you”

Pauline Kleijer writes in the Volkskrant:

It is a lie of course, that entrepreneurship from Ricky (Kris Hitchen). Officially, he can call himself his own boss in his new job as a parcel deliverer. In reality, he is tied to one client who does not grant him a millimeter of freedom. Ricky, who has always worked but never had much luck in his career, is what you call a false self-employed person.

Yes, he pays for the costs of his new delivery van. The risks – illness, damage claims – are also for him. He is also a slave to neo-liberalism, dragging twelve hours a day without a break, hunted by a tracking system that keeps track of which package is located where.

The British director Ken Loach has been fighting unconditionally for the weak in society for more than fifty years. In Sorry We Missed You, he turns against the flexibilisation of the labor market, which for the lowest-paid comes down to a beautifully packaged flut gift: here, independence, just suffocate.

It is an excellent indictment of false self-sufficiency in healthcare and in logistics.