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(en) Canada, Cause Commune #34 - Unemployment Solidarity necessary (fr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:47:39 +0200


The recent attacks against the Harper government's unemployment insurance should not be seen as a simple policy antisocial conservatives, but as an inevitable symptom of an economic system that promotes the accumulation of profits. Indeed, a brief review of recent history, we can see that no matter which party forms the government, unemployment insurance is constantly attacked, and sabred squandered. This is at the heart of capitalism that we must seek the reasons for these attacks. ---- Unemployment is a necessary and inevitable phenomenon in the capitalist economy. The history shows that full employment even in times of war, has never involved a zero unemployment. In a system that puts the pursuit of profit at the heart of economic concerns, unemployment quickly becomes an essential tool that allows a downward pressure on wages.

The unemployed, unemployed or on welfare, form a "reserve army" ready to occupy jobs in replacement workers or workers. This reserve army to help employers cope with the demands of wage increase, "you find your salary too low? Well, others are ready to take it! "Or face potential labor disputes," go on strike! Others will replace at short notice! "

In these circumstances, employers quickly realized that secure social fabric, which includes a good protection for unemployment and a last-resort assistance (welfare) sufficient impedes the very function of non-employment. If unemployed, unemployed and attended social-es can live decently, and they will be less inclined to accept-es to work under any conditions. This is a major threat to the accumulation of capital, since the effect of "reserve army" is fading as the living conditions of the unemployed improve! Precarious unemployed becomes an essential operation for the business and its friends in government!

Here in Quebec and Canada, the casualization of welfare is something acquired over time, but it remains overly generous unemployment insurance in the eyes of many. Governments therefore pass through several axes, it gradually decreases accessibility, cut benefits, it establishes legal mechanisms forcing recipients to seek employment and to accept any job, etc.. Everything is in place to develop a mass of unemployed docile and mobile ready to fulfill their function of "reserve army" to the delight of employers. Moreover, the Minister Finley summarizes this reality when she says: "We want to ensure that the McDonald's of this world do not have to bring in temporary foreign workers to do the work of Canadians on EI have the skills to do. "

We see therefore draw the necessary solidarity that must unite the workers, the workers, the unemployed, the unemployed and attended social-es. Struggle es un-necessarily becomes the struggle of another, since the attacks on one or the other inevitably involve others. We therefore everyone nested within a single class. Our solidarity is the only weapon against a boss class that has never really ceased its offensive to consolidate his power and optimal conditions for accumulation of profit.

It is obvious that Bill C-38 Conservative is just another manifestation of the interests of the dominant class. This is at the heart of the economic system must see the causes of these attacks. This is a systematic refusal of capitalism and the establishment of a power constant and permanent that we will turn back these attacks antisocial.
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