You only have to look at recent dispatches in Europe, where there violent protests taking place in Italy, Spain and Greece in the face of government austerity programs, to see the worker has to fight just to keep what he has never mind bargain for more.
The worker is increasingly underrepresented by mainstream parties, even those that have their roots in worker struggles.In many cases these very parties, who are steeped in the tradition of worker movements, have bought through the legislature torrents of legislation that hurt the worker and have admonished the worker for withdrawing his Labour, the only weapon the worker has left to preserve or better his lot.
His plight is rarely, if ever, reflected upon or covered in any depth or insight in the media, regardless of form.The media is a place were the employer outnumber the worker, the lives and ideas reflected in the media are lives of those of upper and middle class backgrounds, who may share cultural and poltical perspectives with the worker, but their economic interests are likely to clash with the worker.
The 21 century will continue the class denial of the later periods in the late eighties and nineties in a age where class will and already does matter more than ever.This will be an age again where the discussion of class will become unavoidable as the 'we're all middle class' mantra will soon begin to dissappate in light growing schisms in wealth and a already depressed social mobility.
In sum, the carnage report is not suggesting that the 21st century will be an extended rerun of the 80s, but the fate of the worker will be will have to figure highly on the political agenda as the problems currently plaguing southern Europe will be widespread. the problems that face the worker are easy to fix but there pieces of legislation that would be step in the right direction.Finally, class must be not be considered a dead concept as while many people do not refer to themselves by their class, the issues that effect them can be attributed to it.