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Workers Rights in China compared to Workers Rights in the United States

Is the US really a giant repository for all Human Rights, and even more explicitly asked, is it a safe area for Workers Rights and model of workers rights for the rest of the world? After all, most Chinese and most Americans earn their income through working for their wages. How does our respective situations compare when it comes to defending Workers Rights?
 
To think that the US is somehow the center of world workers rights simply defies the reality on the ground here for Americans trying to survive as the corporate state tries to bash them further down. Here is an article that catches our interest, as it compares the worker Chinese situation with the situation of working class Americans… A Time for Honest Self-Reflection- The US Labor Movement and China.

An 83% Payroll Tax, on the Workers and paid directly to the Corporations

That’s what I paid and, everybody who works for a “Slave Market” minimum wage Labor Contractor Service such as Labor Ready, Apprentice, Manpower, Kelly…
The “tax” is paid to a Non-Governmental Organization, and is paid before the Worker gets his check. I base the 83% figure on the fact that the workers are paid only 1/6th of what the Parasite Corporation gets for his “product”. Under the various manifestations of the “Right To Get Screwed At Work” law, the workers aren’t allowed to negotiate wages, working conditions, pensions or Insurance through the use of Collective Bargaining. We’re supposed, instead, to go hat-in-hand and beg the employer for a slight fraction more of what is actually owed us. On an individual basis and, under the RTW law, the employer can cut your wages just as quickly as he “gives” them to you.
They can take 5 times what we get, producing absolutely NOTHING themselves.
We’re not allowed to do what the Corporate Masters do, insist on a profit for our product. Nor, according to the laws as interpreted by their Tame Supreme Court, are we even allowed to break even. You can’t go to King Soopers or Safeway and buy a $3 loaf of bread for only a dollar, insisting that that’s all you’ll pay them. If you leave the dollar and take the loaf, they’ll call the Korporate Kontrolled Kops on you and have you arrested.

And they call their TeaParty stooges, most of them the Stupid members of the Working Class, to defend their Corporate Masters from the “theft” of paying income tax.
They have the government at every level in their service, coercing workers around the world to accept Slave Wages, at public expense, so every dime in their bark accounts is a Direct Government Subsidy. If the “peasants” rebel, like in Honduras, the U.S. Military will intervene, and ALWAYS on behalf of the Corporate Masters. Like their Death Squadsjust did “Gunmen have shot dead farm workers’ leader Secundino Ruiz in Honduras.”
Gunmen paid and protected by the Pentagonistas.
Whenever a soldier tells me how “lucky” I am to be here in America rather in the Banana Republics he was deployed to, TO MAKE SURE CONDITIONS NEVER CHANGE THERE, AND TO BACK UP THE GOON SQUADS OF HIS AND THEIR CORPORATE MASTERS I think of this.
But, hey, TeaBags, other RepubliKlan sucks, be proud! You’re trying your best to make sure your own families have to live under the same slavery. And it’s only acknowledged as theft when the Corporations are required to pay a fraction of what they’ve stolen back to the people who stole it for them.

I’m slacking a bit, last week was the Bloody Ludlow anniversary.

97 years ago. A lot can happen in that time, yes? Unions finally getting some decent wage and safety laws going, public education, health care, pensions…
Then people got complacent, and the Anti-Worker Greed Heads take back power, just enough to put us back almost to 1914. They say “Oh, but the Unions are Corrupt, everybody knows that! Look at all the RICO complaints the FBI investigates.”
Yeah, sure. Anybody can file a RICO complaint and the FBI would be compelled to investigate it, even if they notice it’s Bullshit after the first phone call to the complainant. So there are Corporate Lawyers, the ones who will clean the latrines in Hell, who make more money in a week than a worker makes in a year just filing RICO complaints. Talk about your Frivolous Lawsuits. Why don’t the Tort Reform Activists get on THEIR ass? Ouch…
That’s Right, I almost forget, it’s because THEY’RE THE SAME GOD-DAMN PEOPLE!
The “Right To Work Law” advocates who tell us that if we just let Reagan be Reagan, take the “handcuffs” off of the Free Market and the Corporate Big Pigs will make sure that the workers will be well taken care of. Nothing to see her, citizen, all is well, The Smart People are taking care of everything, nothing to see, all is Hell….
And those Maxim belt fed water cooled machine guns pointed at you are strictly for your own protection.
John D Rockefeller ordered the 39 murders, including the thirteen kids. And got rewarded by a shitload of extra Government Contracts and his son Nelson made Vice President of the United States.

And probably had, like George W, the Colorado Springs “christian” Schools giving him awards for being such a fine, upstanding, noble and brave christian babykiller.
No, I don’t have any respect for anything a babykiller like any one of the Rockefellers do or stand for. No matter how many “charitable” acts like building a Concert Hall at Public Expense for the enjoyment of their fellow Rich Bitches. Oh, you don’t think so? Every act of “charity” the Rockefellers do, is taken off their taxes so it’s really the U.S. Taxpayers who made the contributions and the Rockefellers, Bushes, Cheneys, Steve Bachs, etc… who get the credit for being such Brave and Noble Christians.
And use publicly funded resources like the Colorado National Guard to murder the workers who feed them, with belt fed water cooled Maxim machine guns. At public expense, just in case anybody didn’t catch that the first few times around. God-damn hypocritical sons of a whore and a goat.
And anybody who Looks up to them? Hey, CSCS, HOW LOW-DOWN FILTHY STUPID DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO LOOK UP TO MURDERING POND-SCUM LIKE THAT?
Some of the same TeaTards who were giving Bush the “Lyin’ Ass” award actually voted for Nelson Rockefeller to have a second term, after Nixon and Agnew gave him and Ford the highest offices in the land, then Ford pardoned the subhuman freak who gave him the job and claimed “there was no deal”.

The finery they wore to the banquet, the diamonds and designer clothes, the fancy cars, to a banquet done in the name of The One who in His whole life was only reported to have ridden even a donkey ONCE and the rest of the time, was a homeless preacher who was born in a barn and walked everywhere He went?

Yeah, Lying blasphemous CSCS scum, your money and your finery was bought with the blood of Dead Workers and Dead Children. Be proud of it while you can, you won’t have your fancy blood-soaked robes and jewels and chariots when you take YOUR turn in HELL.

Capital in Action, minimum wage.

Just heard a commercial for a “rent to own” place. One where the payments on a laptop computer totaled two and a half grand for a 450 dollar machine.
A 700 dollar (at the high end price) refrigerator, 159 bux a month for two years, 3816 dollars.
That’s a 400% markup.
So, what’s the Big Deal about Minimum Wage? Why shouldn’t those of us who rent out our labor have to do it not at a profit, not even at a “break-even” rate, but below the actual cost for us to produce our labor? If I were to walk into the Rent-to-own place and demand to only pay $700 for the $700 refrigerator, would I be legitimately allowed to walk out the door, (with a rented dolly and rented pickup of course) with the refrigerator? How about if I only offered $500? Surely he could survive on $20 a month for 2 years.
No? What if I got some Publicly Paid Goons to force him to negotiate on my terms, the way Capital always does when they’re confronted with the silly-ass demands of Labor that the Workers actually be paid an adequate wage?
See, every time this question gets put to the Capitalists, they come off with a duplicate of Squealers Speech from Animal Farm about how the duties of Leadership are so much more strenuous than the duties of Followers that the Pig Leaders deserve, nay, NEED, to have the windfall apples, the milk and to sleep in the farmhouse.

I “trot” that one out a lot because Capitalists seem to believe they own the story. Also the Corporate Welfare aspect of them using the publicly funded police and army to negotiate their coercive labor deals for them.

And to coerce suppliers of the raw materials, like foreign nations who produce Oil, minerals and even produce the Produce (like vegetables, coffee, bananas…)
And then have the balls to say that they worked for their money, and don’t owe the workers anything.

Why, we should be so proud to work for them that we’ll pay them for the privilege.. oh, wait, we already do.

King Soopers v Unions, just a thought.

I’ve noticed lately they’ve got signs up all around the stores saying “Our People Make The Difference” and similar themes, to the effect that they value the workers, really they (say they) do.
So why the continual Big Scary Hassle regarding any contract negotiations? I saw something on TV the other day about “How It’s Made — Awards” and the deal was about those plastic Award trophies that large corporations give out at the end of the year… instead of, you know, cash bonuses. I always prefer artwork, like small wallet sized engravings of Dead Presidents, just a personal note.

I mean seriously, you bust your balls to make money for The Corporation, and put thousands (or more) in extra profits, above and beyond your stated quota, into the pockets of the Shareholders and they give you a plastic globe with “You Go!” laser inscribed on it that cost The Corporation maybe $20. If you’re lucky they don’t misspell your name.

WalMart puts your picture on the wall. Oh My. That’s really an expensive memorial to your service. If you notice the Portrait Studio at the front of the store near the McDumbass “restaurant” where they sell portrait grade photographs for about a buck apiece for the big ones and maybe a nickel apiece for the wallet size… the ones they put on the wall… It could be downright depressing. Scott Adams had his Anti-Hero “Dilbert” lampoon the practice, his boss with the pointy hair put a piece of pocket lint on his shirt and called it a Warm Fuzzy, in recognition of his contributions to The Company.

The most telling and realistic memorial to how The Company feels about the Workforce is the maybe 8 open checkout lanes, out of 34 or so, at Wally World, no matter how many customers there are the number of closed lanes relative to open ones is like 2 to one at least.

And half the open lanes will be Self Checkout.

That and your job interview involves typing your information into a computer.