Crisis, Business & Working Class

The economic crisis is beginning to make adjustments to our seemingly ordered life rhythm. Over the week, 15 companies in Latvia announced the termination of activity and about 3 thousand people turned into unemployed. And this is only the beginning of the large-scale upheavals that await the global capitalist economy.

If everything is clear about hired workers – apart from their ability to work, they have nothing and are forced to sell it for survival, then the cry and groan of representatives of small and medium-sized businesses causes emotion (yes, maybe someone should pity them, but it will definitely not be me). Indeed, the crises under capitalism are a long-described and well-known phenomenon, and, having decided to become millionaires, I suppose you consciously took this risk. Now slurp with a full spoon! Everything that you cherished and protected so carefully will not be taken away by the “bloody Bolsheviks”, but by respectable bankers or businessmen more successfully (at mortgage auctions). Wicked irony, isn’t it?

Now about the working class. Maybe someone will find these words offensive and cruel, but I, as a worker, think that I have the right to write like that. How much has been said about the trade unions, about the objective reasons for the workers to unite to protect themselves from the bourgeois class… Even our Labor Code prohibits the employer from dismissing an employee without the consent of the union if he has been a member of this organization for at least six months. Most believed that this would not affect them, that a “socially responsible businessman” would help and would not be thrown out into the streets in a difficult time, because you have a family and loans. But no! The businessman has his own family and his own loans, so solve your problems yourself!

And now, with your head down, you go to sign all the documents the employer needs, submissively, like cattle going for slaughter, realizing the hopelessness of what is happening. Or a worker who works for “minimum wage” for 12 hours without paying overtime, claiming that the union is nonsense and no one can help him. Is it easier to plow and exploit the exploiter than to try to counter it legally by joining the organization with the same workers who are tired of suffering injustice?

If during the previous crisis there was an opportunity to go abroad as a gastarbeiter, now with the epidemic this opportunity may not exist. Contradictions are escalating, and it is important for the working class not to succumb to the populist slogans of those who want to exploit the general discontent for their political purposes. The bourgeois parties are not allies of the workers, but represent the interests of exploiters without regard to national, regional or other affiliation.

Conscious worker