Sunday, 15 March 2015

Where Do We Go From Here?

It is estimated that 50,000 union members took part in Friday’s strike. This figure does not take into account workers outside of the Public Sector, the unwaged workers, the unemployed, students etc. who marched alongside them in our towns and cities.

The strike demonstrated our ability to come together as a group of people united against the cuts that will affect us all. A real sense of anger and frustration was to be felt on the ground, not to mention a genuine desire for c...hange.

While the unions have done a great job of bringing us together we need to establish bottom-up control of the workers’ movement. We cannot allow for any deals to be brokered between the unions and government. Be it 20,000 or 20 job losses; an injury to one is an injury to all.

This is the time to be critical about the world we live in. So many political parties stress the need for jobs and for job creation. But in the capitalist world, what does a job mean?

A job is a tool of control; it keeps us occupied for a certain amount of hours a day or a week. If we are focused on solving a problem caused by bad state management or focused on simply keeping job security so that you can afford a roof over your head and/or meals on the table, you do not have time to think about the system that created these conditions.

There are two types of work; waged and unwaged. Waged work fits the capitalist criteria of what work is. It is work that capitalism needs to ensure its survival by making profits and exploiting those who made the profits by paying them a pittance.

Unwaged work, such as housework or care work, or even a community taking it upon themselves to clean up their area of build housing - such as the establishment of Gaeltacht Bhóthar Seoighe in 1969 when 5 families came together to build a community - must be unwaged in order for capitalism to survive. It cannot afford to pay wages to all those who work, so it had to convince us that these forms of work were not work and did not deserve a wage.

We must not strike against the cuts alone, we must strike against capitalism; we have to shut it down. People are dying everyday as a result of capitalism and its pals, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism to name but a few.

This system is unjust and we must work together to shut it down, to protect ourselves and each other and to create a better world.

Let’s take control of this movement from the grassroots, from the bottom-up!

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