The worker-employer relationship is never a straight line but a curve with crests and troughs. The history of the labour movement in Europe dates back to 1968, in reaction to the hazards of industrial capitalism that replaced the agricultural revolution. In America, the earliest labour strike can be traced back to 1768, when the journeymen tailors in New York raised their voices against a wage reduction.
And in India, while ordinary labour movements could be traced to the 1860s, the first labour agitation happened in 1875 in Bombay, over the deplorable working conditions of women and children workers. Labour struggles, while traced across different geographical territories and timelines, have the welfare of the workers and the protection of their rights as the defining causes. The inclusion of women’s rights into the labour struggles was a late and largely heterogeneous phenomenon worldwide but once the women strode into the workplace and realised their equal claim to equal labour rights, slowly but surely, there has been no looking back.
Good workplace dramas explore these concerns through the plotlines, among other aspects. Strikes, struggles at work, stiff work pressure, corruption are some of the issues, you name it, and you would find them sewn into the story inseparably. The setting itself is the workplace and everything going around it within the human condition.
Here are a few worthwhile workplace dramas for you to binge-watch.