Scientists and students, professional and manual workers, occupiers and those who remain at home; people with stable employment and those without, everyone who is studying or has been confronted with the concept of the precariat has probably heard about professor Guy Standing. The theorist who launched this new social category talks about changes that have occurred in the labor market, about the meaning of public protests and the main challenges which precarians will have to face. He also explains his conviction that precarians are able to become a significant political force in the future. When? “The sooner the better,” he answers. Interview by Eliza Kania.