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Storyteller #32 – next level in the mine?


Just recently, top management has expressed itself in positive terms regarding plans for a new level in the Kiruna mine. The latest one, at 1365 meters below ground, has just recently been completed (although in use for some years already). Expected to last for about 15-20 years, it looks as if the Kirunavaara mine will continue to go deeper, although much is still uncertain. We recalled a discussion with a […]

A unique workplace


They’re not easy to find and haven’t been re-issued, the 4×400 pages doctoral dissertation in economic history by Ulf Eriksson, entitled “Gruva och arbete. Kiirunavaara 1890-1990” (in Swedish, translated as “Mine and work. Kiirunavaara 1890-1990”). Published and defended in 1991 at Uppsala University, Eriksson (from Kiruna) presents an impressive, predominantly empirical, labour process history from inside the gates of the Kiruna mine. We have once again got our hands on […]

Storyteller #13 – smoke and sustainability


Storyteller #13 is a woman, working in a white-collar position. We asked: – When you look at the mine, what kind of images do you get (in your head)? – When you come back from the mountains, we’re very often in the mountains to ski, so when we drive back into town, then you have the view of the (the old) open pit and the backside of the works, which […]

Storyteller #1 – technology development


Our first storyteller is a man from Kiruna and who used to work underground with drilling in the late 1970s. Here’s a story from working the morning shift back then: – When you came up, above ground, during Winter, it was dark. That’s how you lived. But, technology and work environment, technology development, that was the topic we talked about during our breaks. Our fantasies about the future were that […]

Automation


“No hands in the mine” – a Utopian tale driven by technological advances, but also very much a real thing, something that is happening in the world of mining. It is thus not something that only belongs to the visionary, it is also very strategic and concrete. Over time, there are less hands in the mine as miners are replaced by machines or moved to control rooms above ground, joysticking […]

Down the uranium mine


Follow Johan underground in the McArthur River uranium mine (MCA). Safety first. I’m taken to a locker room where I get the gear and the information necessary to be allowed underground. I then meet my guide, Curtis, a maintenance foreman. He used to work with oil sands in Alberta, but the long hours commuting to work meant too much time away from home and family in Saskatchewan. He has now […]

Metal machine emotions


Listen to a song about having feelings for a machine by clicking the bar below: The lyrics appears at the end of the text below. What is the greatest divide created by science? One candidate must be the division between body and mind. This division has ever since Rene Descartes marked the superiority of rationality and the inferiority of the body and its related sensations (such as emotions, pleasures, pain). Organization theory is […]