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(en) France, UCL - Pensions, inflation, pensions: the big heist! (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 24 Jan 2023 09:50:11 +0200

+51% is the average increase that the bosses of large companies have granted themselves this year. +2.5%, these are the crumbs left to the employees. At the same time, inflation is at +10% on food and +135% on gas... What are we supposed to do? ---- There are several ways of organizing production and distributing the wealth produced. At UCL, we defend the pooling of means of production. On the one hand, workers, armed with knowledge of their profession and their sector of activity, would democratically develop the industrial strategies of their company. On the other hand, the mode of distribution of the wealth produced would be designed to meet the needs of everyone.
Where does the wealth we produce go?
The capitalists imprison us in the system of wage labor. They present themselves as the only ones capable of organizing production, the "law" of supply and demand being supposed to settle the problem of the distribution of wealth. In reality, in this system, most of what we produce by working is confiscated from us. If we work 7 hours a day, our salary corresponds to the wealth we produce in 1h to 1h30. The rest is confiscated by the capitalist who owns the business. Our salary does not match the work we provide.

Hold-up on our salaries
Worse: the prices imposed on us as consumers also do not correspond to the real value of the goods and services we need. The prices are calculated so that the capitalists register profits. Thus, the capitalists, via the system of wage labor, rob us twice: once by not paying us the wages that are due to us, and a second time by imposing far too high prices on us. Indeed, their objective is not to ensure that goods and services are distributed according to the needs of each person, but that the wages and prices imposed on us guarantee them comfortable profits.

Who benefits from rising prices?
We have seen it for several years: despite record profits, the capitalists continue to impose wage austerity on us. We can also see this with the completely crazy rise in prices, especially those of food products and energy. The prices of eggs, milk, and pasta are exploding, but the farmers who produce them are earning less and less. Fuel prices are exploding, but Total and company continue to pay ever more dividends to their shareholders. This is a heist.

Austerity for all!
Austerity does not only concern active workers, it also concerns the unemployed, who see their unemployment benefits dwindling. It also concerns pensioners, whose pensions Macron continues to attack. Why? Supposedly because the bosses are overwhelmed with "burdens". They "no longer want to pay" solidarity... But we saw it above: the social security contributions paid by the bosses are paid with money that they steal from us! To make us work until 65 and over is to take us always more. We do not forget: 25% of the poorest have already died at this age.

Faced with this, there is only one possibility for us, workers: struggle. Against austerity and rising prices, against the breaking of pensions and solidarity systems, let's block the country with a strike! Without losing sight of the fact that we must also, in the medium term, get out of wage labor, socialize the means of production, and abolish capitalism, which exploits us for the benefit of a few.

And the women in all this?
We are even more exposed and precarious than men. First, because the patriarchal system, which capitalism uses as a tool in the service of its domination, confines us to precarious jobs, often part-time. Then, because in this macho society, we often have the responsibility of raising the children alone. Precarious, isolated, and over-exploited, the injustice that strikes us is even more violent. This is why we are often on the front lines of struggles against high prices and oppressions.

Social struggles are feminist struggles, on January 19 as on March 8 we will strike!

Libertarian Communist Union, January 13, 2023

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