posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 03:48 PM
Conservatives don't seem to like Unions, there is this idea that they are counter productive to private businesses. Apparently it's perfectly
understandable that big businesses will do anything to maximize shareholder profit because 'that's just business and freedom', but when workers
insist on fair wage, better working conditions, and they join private Unions, they are demonized. What's more, there has always been this idea that
Unions are uniquely communist or socialist, counter to American capitalism, but just how good were and are unions treated in communist nations?
Unlike labor unions in the West, Soviet trade unions were, in fact, actually governmental organizations whose chief aim was not to represent
workers but to further the goals of management, government, and the CPSU.
In Russia, he noted, "Stalin didn't have to eliminate unions -- Lenin already had." And Stalin's first Five-Year Plan converted labor groups
into oppressive mechanisms for increasing worker productivity.
Historically, because government officials and corporate managers had a common interest in keeping production levels high, there was little
official support for dissatisfied workers. China’s state-owned companies had unions under ACFTU, which as a government-affiliated body…is more
interested in enforcing worker discipline.
As private industry displaced state-owned companies, it seemed China’s unionization declined.
The existence of private labour and trade Unions, that seek to achieve the best working conditions and living wages for workers, is counterproductive
to the goals and agendas of communist and fascist regimes. This is because Unions typically focus on expanding and improving the earnings of the
individual, it goes against the national collective that everybody should be treated the same, with the same low wages, to achieve government goals
and the goals of those private businesses in cooperation with government.
I get it, there are bad Unions, there are union leaders with political and social agendas, there are greedy union leaders, there is a history of
Unions that have commited violence to acheive their goals. The same
can be said for private businesses, corporations, it is not restricted to
Unions. In the end, we should respect that both sides have their own goals and paths, private businesses have their own financial goals, individual
workers have themselves and their family in interest. We should respect the rights of individual workers to join private unions, and to ensure that
they seek the best outcome and working conditions for themselves and their families, and we should also respect that businesses have the right to make
their own decisions on employement. Why demonize Unions and single them out I ask? Simply because they don't fall right in line with the goals of
corporations or businesses?