"The Role of Trade Unions" (Glasgow)

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Sep 19 2011 09:10
"The Role of Trade Unions" (Glasgow)

"Necessary as they are under capitalism, trade unions are strictly limited in what they can achieve for their members within the capitalist system of society out of which unions arose and within which they operate. Capitalist private companies and state capitalist nationalised industries are both operated for the purpose of making a profit and they cannot long survive without it. Trade unions cannot push wages up to a level that prevents profits being made. When companies are marketing their products profitably a union can hope to win concessions by threatening to halt production and interrupt the flow of profits. But against a firm nearing bankruptcy, or during a depression when firms generally are curtailing production, laying off workers or closing down whole businesses, the strike is a blunted weapon.

Even in central and local government, where the issue of profitability may not appear to arise, workers cannot isolate themselves from developments in the forces of production and are compelled to remain competitive in terms of pay and conditions with workers in the rest of the economy.

The class struggle affects all employees."

Speaker: John Cummings

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 8:30pm

Maryhill Community Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 7YE
(Seven minutes walk north-west from St Georges Cross SPT Subway Station)

All welcome. Free entry. Discussion period.

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