Monday, September 3, 2012
Labour Day is the time of year when the nation honors the working people who have built this country and made it prosperous. It is also a time to remember the achievements of the organized labour movement in Can./U.S. history. As is often noted every September, many of the basic rights and benefits that are sometimes taken for granted were not kindly handed to workers by employers. It took the hard work and dedication of thousands of union men and women who struggled bravely to win these rights.
The labour movement in the Can./U.S. led the struggles to:
- End child labor
- Establish the legal right of workers to form unions and collectively bargain for wages, benefits and working conditions
- Establish the 8 hour work day and paid overtime
- Win workers' comp benefits for workers injured on the job
- Secure unemployment insurance for workers who lose their jobs
- Secure a guaranteed minimum wage
- Improve workplace safety and reduce on the job fatalities
- Win pensions for workers
- Win health care insurance for workers
- Win paid sick leave, vacations, and holidays as standard benefits for most workers
- Win the right for public sector workers to collectively bargain
- Win passage of the Civil Right Acts and Title VII which outlaws job discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin
- Win passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Win passage of the Family Medical Leave Act
Comment: Labour fights for better salaries and working conditions representing the 99% vs. the greedy 1% corporations.
After cyclical financial collapses, with the latest being in 2008, brought about by the greedy 1% who rape and pillage us all through this method of shifting wealth upwards, we always have calls for "austerity" by these same people who cause the problems in the first place, but never have to pay the price themselves. Labour and ordinary families pay that price, while they laugh all the way to the bank. And then cry bloody murder, if government tries to bring in rules and regulations to curtail their greed and excesses, never mind preventing them from happening again... and again... and again.
"Austerity is a great device for shattering the economy, dismantling the "welfare state' and increasing class power, weakening the labour movement."
"Austerity is instituted by a political system that is in the hands of financial institutions and corporations which serve the rich."
Isn't it time we got off the merry-go-round? Thoughts, comments...
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.