Thursday, March 05, 2009

Crunch Time- a film on the Crisis by the EPMU




Socialists say "We WON'T pay for their crisis". We didn't cause it, and where workers are threatened with redundancies, we point to the examples of factory occupations in Chicago, Waterford and Buenos Aires as an alternative to capitalist greed and mass unemployment.

The new film from the EPMU differs in tone. Whilst it puts forward some valuable economic information and gives rank and file workers a voice to raise their fears, it also sees the Union's role as softening the effects of the Depression in partnership with employers, rather than fighting them militantly for every job. SA presents the film and welcomes readers to post their take on the EPMU's line.

Crunch Time. For workers, for bosses and for union bureaucrats.





THE ALTERNATIVE TO REDUNDANCIES- FACTORY OCCUPATIONS IN "THE TAKE".

1 comment:

Matt said...

(since I also left this comment at The Standard, I figured I should also put it here)



Brilliant stuff! And that line near the end about Argentina being a preview for the rest of the (neoliberal) world is looking more and more accurate by the minute.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; we need to basically ignore the placiating front being put forth by the Andrew Littles and Gareth Morgans out there, and stand up for ourselves. Unions are a great thing for workers, but when they become co-opted by the bosses, the members themselfs need to remember who the union is for, and act accoringly. The Take provides not only a blueprint for doing this, but also shows the strength of collective, direct action by workers and the community.

As we’re seeing more an more every day, the bosses-class is totally gutting what is left of the production sector in NZ, and the EPMU is basically saying that they will consult with the bosses to ensure that the sackings are as fair as possible.

What would you rather have–control, or the word of a beurocrat?

Fight back!