mercredi 6 mai 2009

Drown out

The (supposed) stabilisng of the economic crisis and its downgrade by the MSM gate keepers and scribblers mustn't hide from us the stark reality of the capitalist class' orchestrated behaviour against its working class betters. The swine-flu, the bomb scares and the hundreds of other petty distractions try to drown out the grinding noise as the two societal forces mesh and range against eachother. Pick any country in the world (like Georgia for example where the Rumplestiltskin president is lashing out in almost comical fashion to save his rancid hide), but here, news from Ireland, whose economic plight is a warning of what is ahead for others, me and maybe even you...

" The worsening situation is deepening class tensions, as companies and institutions seek to offload the crisis onto their workforce.
The first 450 of 1,900 Dell workers losing their jobs at the company’s plant in Raheen, Limerick, received their final pay cheques last week. Dell is moving production to Poland, where wages are €3 an hour.
In April, 130 workers at chip manufacturer Xilnix’s operation in Dublin were told their jobs were being moved to Singapore.
Supermarket giant Tesco threatened to lock out workers in their Douglas, Cork, store until June if a strike against a change in working conditions was implemented. Workers struck indefinitely in response.
Also in Cork, University College Cork (UCC) has demanded 3,000 staff forego one week’s pay to alleviate the university’s deteriorating financial position. Cost-cutting measures are being considered at all of Ireland’s seven universities.
An unofficial walkout at Dublin Bus’s Harristown depot over the introduction of new rosters brought the city’s entire bus fleet to a standstill, as workers at the Summerhill, Conyngham Road and Clontarf depots took action in support of their colleagues.
Nurses at Killarney Community Hospital have voted in favour of a strike against structural changes, while Sligo General Hospital nurses are to ballot for a strike against job losses.
New talks are anticipated between the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the government to establish whether a formal agreement can be reached with the union bureaucracy on how to impose the cost of the economic collapse on the working class."

But better this willingness to stand up to the snouty ones than subside into a mordant and desperate economism.