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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 432-434

The General Confederation of Workers (CGT), France's largest union, says about 400 people commit suicide in France every year due to job-related difficulties.

"Suicide because of precarious, stressful working conditions is not an exclusively French phenomenon," Laurent Vogel, who tracks labor health at the Brussels-based European Trade Union Institute told IPS. "At least 27 percent of workers in the E.U. consider that their health and safety are at risk because of their work.
"All over Europe, there are suicides at the workplace, but they do not appear in the statistics of labor. (Admitting) suicide at the job is a taboo, because it would question the steady search for higher productivity and efficiency.
This Job Is Killing Me:
Authoritarian Corporate Model Spurring Suicides in Europe
By Julio Godoy, IPS News. Posted October 21, 2009.

What's Better PRISON or your JOB?

IN PRISON: You spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.

AT WORK: You spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON: You get three meals a day.

AT WORK: You only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN PRISON: You get time off for good behavior.

AT WORK: You get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON: The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.

AT WORK: You must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON: You can watch TV and play games.

AT WORK: You get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON: They allow your family and friends to visit.

AT WORK: You can't even speak to your family.

IN PRISON: All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required.

AT WORK: You get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON: You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.

AT WORK: You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON: You must deal with sadistic wardens.

AT WORK: They are called managers.

So would you like to go to your Prison again?

Last Sunday, CBC radio's Sunday Edition host Michael Enright interviewed two people about an experiment carried out in Dauphin, Manitoba in the 1970s, in which all households whose income fell below a level determined to be necessary for basic well-being received a single top-up to bring them to that level. For various reasons, the data gathered from the experiment has just recently been analyzed.

What they found was that the people who were most likely to work less under the system were adolescents and women. The youth stayed in school longer rather than leave to help support the household. Women tended to stay home longer after giving birth to take care of their children.

Researchers also found an overall improvement in community health and education indicators, and therefore a reduction in the cost of social programs. In short, the system provided income support for better education, maternity leaves and at-home child care, while delivering benefits to the entire community.

A guaranteed annual income, sometimes called a negative income tax, replaces all the piecemeal, ineffective measures now administered by provincial agencies including welfare payments, various supplements, prescription drug coverage and many others. It treats people with dignity and provides a basic level of well-being across the community without discrimination.
Janice Harvey,
Cut the roots of poverty with a living wage
Published Wednesday October 21st, 2009


  • That reminds me of a Dilbert comic where management decided to use vacant cubicles to hold prisoners.

    Prisoner: What are you here for?
    Dilbert: Nothing. I like to work.
    Prisoner: Great, they've put me in an asylum.

    By Blogger Markus, at 7:41 PM  

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