Monday, March 13, 2006

Up Your Productivity

That's the title of a campaign from the Engineers (just for a tiny bit of context they're affiliated to the Labour party and are the most right-wing private sector union). Increases in productivity over and above increases in wages is just increasing the amount the bosses get from the workers' labour.

From the press release:

The EPMU will support employers who develop genuine productivity initiatives.
Because the union's job is to support employers, but only those who are genuinely trying to get more money out of workers.

The nearest I have come to a Marxist conversion came during a discussion about productivity in the union movement. Marxist economics made so much sense right then (which is strange because 90% of the conversations I've had about Marxist economics have been about the fact that they ignore unpaid labour).

Also posted at Alas

2 comments:

  1. "Increases in productivity over and above increases in wages is just increasing the amount the bosses get from the workers' labour."

    Wrong, owners. Managers are often salaried as well, and do not share in dividends or capital gains in the value of businesses. Don't forget the owners started the business with their own capital, often substantially borrowed at their own risk - and had that not happened, workers would have had to find another means of making an income. That's the flipside - and increases in productivity are what has happened since the plough was first pulled by the horse.

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  2. Tane Wilton9:20 pm

    On what basis do you say the EPMU is the most right-wing private sector union?

    tane.wilton@gmail.com

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