Sunday, 9 August 2009
The Coming Week
Thinking of the week that lies ahead,coming upon me like a rush of wind blowing through the tunnel of life. What am I talking about, I don’t go to work and I have no family to keep or look after like others. I’m free at last from the drudgery and the donkeywork that’s fastened down many; as if they were nailed to the workplace floor. But then again many employers today are only too happy to drive in the nails in this recession aren’t they – with thousands of workers on short-time and as many more in constant fear that they may not be in a job this time next week.
It seems that recession means one thing to the employing and ruling class, and the complete opposite to workers. In a recession wages are driven down, the boss makes good use of the scalpel in dissection of the workforce to sap up more profits, for the workers who may be clerical, manual or whatever its like coming under Frankenstein’s knife without any anaesthetic agent.
I was reading in the Sun newspaper that in Rhyl 1 in 6 is out of work. With headlines “Welcome to the Costa Del Dole” this newspaper will only instil even more fear and uncertainty into the minds of workers. On Wednesday the latest figures for unemployment are set to reveal a worsening situation for the working class. Despite all the bullshit that’s been put out in the media that the housing market is picking up and more cars are being sold, the experience on the ground for many is bleak and set to remain so for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile in the US President Obama said on Friday that the encouraging report on jobs shows that “we’re pointed in the right direction” and that the beginning of the end of the recession should spur policies to avoid a similar calamity for the nation. “We’re losing jobs at less than half the rate we were when I took office,” the president said in the White House Rose Garden, taking comfort in a report showing that “only” 247,000 jobs were lost in July, the smallest monthly drop since last August. And in an unexpected reversal, the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent from 9.5 percent the previous month.
Well what do they say about specking too soon. However Obama will want to make the most of this when public opinion is shifting significantly away from him in recent weeks.
Obama has mastered the art of kid-ology especially when you consider his next statement: “Now, as we begin to put an end to this recession, we have to consider what comes next, because we can’t afford to return to an economy based on inflated profits and maxed-out credit cards, an economy where we depend on dirty and outdated sources of energy, an economy where we’re burdened by soaring health care costs that serve on the special interests.”
And my favourite was when he said, “We won’t rest until every American that is looking for work can find a job.”
It was reported that the president was quoting his predecessor almost verbatim: In the summer of 2004, the Republican Policy Committee said: “Improving the quantity and quality of jobs remains a top priority for Republicans. In the words of President Bush, “We won’t rest until everybody who wants to work can find a job.”
Drifting back home I think it’s worth mentioning that retirement age has been in the news and under review by some government body or other, they are saying that retirement age may have to raise to 70 sooner rather than latter because of the increase in older people and the cost of state provided pensions to the country. The government have dismissed this suggestion, but only for the small fact of an impending general election which is on the horizon and that pensioners and older people are a significant group within the electorate. It would not surprise me in the least if whoever is elected brings forward plans to raise retirement and state pension entitlement in the next parliament.
We don’t live in a sane society, because if we did it wouldn’t be suggested that older people are expected to work longer. This is the lunacy and demand of the market of the system under which we all live to favour the rich.
“The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.”
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