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

Jobs or Pay?

Jun 14, 2010

Various unions in Chicago are trying to keep WalMart out of the city. They criticize WalMart for refusing to pay a “living wage.” But some of those workers hired at WalMarts say they are glad to have a job, even at lower wages. And many workers prefer to have a big store nearby, since prices are lower.

In fact, the problem is not that workers can have either good wages or jobs or reasonable prices. It’s possible to have all three–IF money weren’t drained out of WalMart.

Look at WalMart’s owners. Four children of Sam Walton–Christy, Jim, Alice, and Robson–have a combined wealth of 79 billion dollars. They did not work to produce that wealth. The only thing they did was be born to Sam Walton. That wealth was produced by the two million WalMart workers in this country and around the world.

Workers can have jobs and a real living wage and decent prices. But the only way to get them is to make a fight for all of those things, at the expense of the Walton family. Let them run their stores, but take the wealth from them!