"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lucky Sperm and Labor Unions

Winner of the Lucky Sperm Club
The richest woman in the world says workers make too much money
  • A phony lecture on the work ethic from someone who inherited billions and never had to do a hard day's work in her life to keep food on the table.
  • As much as I support capitalism, wealthy pigs like Gina Rinehart disgust me.  Selfish scum like Rinehart remind us why labor unions were formed in the first place. 

Gina Rinehart was born into wealth - never having to work a day down in the iron-ore mines that she now owns it - as a billionaire with really clean hands - she thinks she knows what motivates workers. And she thinks the key to economic success in her home country of Australia - is to pay those workers basically nothing - slave wages like $2 a day.

World's Richest Woman Wants Africans To Work for $2 A Day 
Every now and then a cocky billionaire comes along - spouts off about entitlements and the work ethic - and we get a glimpse into how the billionaire class thinks. And this week - we recognize Gina Rinehart - the world's richest woman.

In a rare public appearance, Gina Rinehart said in a video posted on the website of the Sydney Mining Club that Australians should not be complacent about mining investment when African workers were willing to work for $2 a day.

"Business as usual will not do. Not when west African competitors can offer our biggest customers an average capital cost for a tonne of iron ore that is 100 dollars under the price offered by the merging producer in the Pilbara.

"Furthermore, Africans want to work and its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day," said Ms Rinehart, who was worth an estimated $18 billion in February according to Forbes.
(UK Telegraph)

The South African government killed 34 striking miners.

Coming for their Guns
  • Instead of being neutral, Governments will often work as agents for business to break strikes.
  • Now Government is coming for the guns of the strikers.

CALITZDORP, South Africa — Hundreds of police officers swarmed the living quarters of workers at a platinum mine 60 miles northwest of here, searching for weapons as part of a new push by the government to end a series of violent wildcat strikes that have unsettled the nation.

It was the first major police action against striking miners since officers fired upon a group of platinum miners engaged in an illegal strike at the mine, in the town of Marikana, on Aug. 16, killing 34 and wounding more than 70.
In the crackdown on Saturday, the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds of miners who had again gathered on a rocky outcropping outside the platinum mine, owned by Lonmin, a London-based company, near the spot where the 34 workers had been killed.   (New York Times)

Government force against labor.
The Lawrence, Massachusetts textile strike in 1912. Soldiers and police were called in against demonstrators.  Police and the militia were sent detain the children and arrest their union member parents.  The police began clubbing both the children and their mothers while dragging them off to be taken away by truck; one pregnant mother miscarried. The press, there to photograph the event, reported extensively on the attack.
So often the force of government is used to either promote labor unions or to crush them.  Except for maintaining law and order government should not be involved in private sector employment disputes and contracts.

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