The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Prices Are Up—Wages Should Be!

May 24, 2021

The following two articles were reprinted from the newsletters distributed at the MTA in Los Angeles and the Maryland State Offices in Baltimore.

Grocery Highway Robbery

Over the last four months of this year, food prices have skyrocketed. Prices of prepared food increased by 9%, doughnuts, rolls and buns, and fruit by 8%, processed meat by 7%, and seafood close to 20%.

Our wages should keep up with the increase in prices. Otherwise, it is pure highway robbery in the grocery store.

Prices Are Outrageous!

The price of gasoline is up. Meat prices are up. Vegetable prices are up. The price of diapers, toilet paper and cereal, all are up.

Rents are up. Prices are up for home buyers. The price of lumber is way up for anyone doing home repairs.

Vehicle prices are up. In fact, one researcher said used car prices went up more quickly in April than any time in the last 68 years!

If the bosses want to raise prices, then why should workers suffer because of it? The sensible thing to do is raise wages whenever prices go up.