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(en) Portugal, Luta Social* #12, - Real unemployment already at 10.9% [pt]

Date Wed, 22 Feb 2006 18:27:16 +0200

According to today's "Diario de Noticias", the rate of unemployment in the
Portuguese economy is already running at 10.9%, counting those who are
currently "inactive but available" and those who are under-employed.
This high unemployment rate is a logical consequence of capitalism, no mater
how much people may not like to admit the fact. Capitalism need unemployment
and indeed manufactures it. A fully "efficient" capitalist system, as far as
generating money is concerned, is a system where you will not find full employment.
It is instead a system where workers are constantly blackmailed with the threat
of losing their jobs and it is no surprise that the principal features of
today's labour market are unemployment and precarious employment. Capitalist
profits thus continue to grow while people's lives are blighted by one crisis
after another. These crises are of course "manna from heaven" for the
capitalists. They have workers who are willing to do anything, who sell their
labour for a song, for periods of six months (or even one month!) at a time, by
means of a system where the bosses have no obligations and can fire at will,
without it even being technically considered firing (as is the case with the
increasingly frequent "green receipts"*).

In the meantime, social democrats (including the so-called "communist parties
and their like) propose only the mirage of "full employment", as if such a
thing were possible in this system.

Wage-slavery must end. We must be allowed to live, not "for" work, but "from"
non-alienating work, work which is socially useful and which is determined by
social and collective needs and not by the headlong rush for profits destined
for the pockets of the lucky few.

Luta Social

Translation by Anarkismo.net

The "green receipt" system in Portugal is one where the worker is equated to a
service provider, an independent worker who provides a service and the
entreprise buys the service. It is the worst form of casual labour. If the boss
no longer wants your "services", there is no way of complaining, and he needs
no justification to stop "buying" your service.
* anarchist journal
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