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A spectre is haunting Australia; the spectre of unemployment. Because this is a crisis of profitability in the developed countries, pussyfooting around and kowtowing to capital won’t work. In the words of the BLF: If you don’t fight, you lose.The time to fight unemployment is now, not when it hits six or seven or eight percent. A 30 hour week without loss of pay would be a start.
The last few days have shown us that the Liberals are scapegoating immigrants. Labor is scapegoating the unemployed. Both scapegoat refugees. None of these people are to blame for the crises of capitalism. Fight the system, not its victims.
We live in an unjust society. This is a society where bosses take as their own the profits we create. Labour creates value, not capital.
The owners of capital are the real bludgers. But Gillard won’t attack them. She is, like the rest of the ALP, their servant.
People weren’t voting for the Republicans in Massachusetts. They were voting against Obama’s business as usual administration.
Obama now heads the racist machine. As he destroys the illusions millions had in him, the lesson seems clear. Change comes not from changing who runs the system but from changing the system.
While we face increasing unemployment and less working hours, the bosses party. What a sick society. What a rotten system.
In a society based on exploitation, a crisis isn’t something that affects all layers of society equally. The bosses will try to make workers pay for their crises.
There are some eternal laws of capitalism. The rich will always blame the rest of us for the problems of their system. Wages are too high they will parrot. We are only trying to save jobs they will lie. The Fair Pay Commission decision to freeze Australia’s minimum wage at $14.31 an hour shows this [...]
Posted by Leonie, July 7th, 2009 - under ABCC, ACTU, ALP, Australian Building and Construction Commission, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian Fair Pay Commission, Australian Labor Party, Australian politics, Building unions, Capitalism, Classes, Fair Pay Commission, Industrial action, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Keynesian neo-liberalism, Keynesianism, Labor Party, Labor wage cuts, Living standards, Neoliberal Keynesianism, Neoliberal unionism, Productivity, Reformism, Resistance, Rudd, Rudd Government, Rudd Labor, Strikes, Unemployed, Unions, Wage cuts, Wage freezes, Wage slavery, Wages, Workers, unemployment.
The reality for the working class is that to defend jobs and living standards they will have to strike, despite the opposition of Rudd Labor and the ACTU.
All the tea leaves point to an early election so that Labor can avoid the electoral fallout from rapidly rising unemployment and introduce a horror Budget in 2010.