teamhurtmore - Member
If the unions really are sensible and want to increase both pay and employment, then they have to increase productivity so that the overall demand for labour shifts outwards. If as a result of this Unite can do this, working conditions would improve, productivity would rise, people would be paid more and more people would be paid. Under those assumptions why would anyone be unhappy?
What the **** are you talking about ? Seriously, what the **** are you talking about - are you living in some sort of fantasy capitalist utopia ?
The more a worker produces the less value his or her labour has - it is one of the enduring contradictions of capitalism. Overproduction leads to unemployment and consequently suppresses wages.
If one man does the work of two people he still simply gets the wages of one man, whilst the company pockets the savings in the form of profit, assured as they are that the surplus labour available guarantees a ready supply of compliant workers.
It makes perfect economic sense to a company - to do otherwise would make no economic sense whatsoever.
However what makes perfect economic sense to one company is destructive in the aggregate. Which brings us to Contradictions of Capitalism Part 2. Overproduction leads to a fall in demand, which in turn leads to a fall in the value of the product or service, which finally leads to everyone being up shit creek without a paddle - something which happens with predictable and monotonous regularity, boom and bust as they often like to call it.
So stop trying to pull the wool over people's eyes with your Tory nonsense that the harder you work the more value your labour will have, leading to higher wages and fuller employment. It won't, it simply leads to higher unemployment and depresses wages. All in the name of "profit".