The Stand-By Generation explores Guy Standing’s idea of “the precariat” through the challenges of young laborers in Puerto Rico.
A huge majority of the jobs offered to the new generation of workers are precarious. These are usually part-time and temporary jobs with low salaries that constantly threat the financial stability of workers. The documentary follows the lives of a diverse group of young college graduates struggling in a deteriorating Puerto Rico with an ongoing economic crisis. Filled with hopes, they work hard as they await better opportunities.
Inequality rises, while the working class shrinks and is forced into a new class, the precariat class. Millennials entering the labor force are kept busy struggling from one week to the next, as their aspirations are placed on an endless standby.