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

The Real Purpose of the UAW Contract Laid Bare

Feb 18, 2008

“GM buyout offers could usher in cheaper workers.” “Veteran employees need to go to make way for lesser paid.”

So there it is. Those headlines from Detroit newspapers said it all. GM, Ford and Chrysler are pushing a new round of buyouts to get rid of all their current workers, to replace them with workers making half pay, no pensions and minimal medical benefits.

Never mind that last fall’s UAW contracts promised to limit the new lower-paid workers to 20% of the workforce. Even that contract–as lousy as it was–is being ripped up by the corporations.

UAW workers have no reason themselves to honor it.