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
Sep 3, 2012
Union officials at Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant in Michigan have called for two “informational” meetings. That was their response to workers’ rejection of a local contract by 73%. A worker said that the contract “was purely a kiss Chrysler’s butt, we are rolling over on everything.”
One union official told workers that Chrysler might close the plant if they didn’t vote yes. Officials clearly intend to use this old stale tactic, trying to make the workers “vote till you get it right.” Union officials say that workers can’t strike.
In fact the national contract may say, “no strike”. But locally, legal grounds for a strike, such as health and safety issues, always exist. In any case, workers can strike regardless of the contract–if they are determined enough to force the company to respect their decisions.
If workers listen to fools who say we can’t strike, then it’s the same as watching our rights taken away. Waiting for others to “give” us our rights means waiting forever–and the company wins. Again!