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

Unreasonable Pay Cut for State Workers

Feb 9, 2009

The California courts backed up Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to cut state workers’ pay. Starting on February 6, every worker will have to take two days off every month without pay.

This is almost a 10% pay cut for 238,000 state employees. The days off will also affect public programs. Unemployment claims processing will be slowed, for example, at a time when California’s official unemployment rate has reached 9.3% and continues to go up.

The judge said he was aware that his decision could have devastating consequences for some workers. Yet, he called the furlough “reasonable and necessary under the circumstances.

Some workers–and their families–will be devastated, and that’s reasonable?? Is this judge out of his mind? No, he is just siding with the politicians and bosses who are trying to make the workers pay the huge cost of the economic crisis the bosses created.