The Spark

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

Extracting More Work with Threats

Apr 15, 2013

The LA Times recently quoted a worker who said, “Managers say, if you don’t want to work, you can leave, but there are hundreds of people waiting for a job.”

Using this threat, companies squeeze more work out of each worker and reduce the number of workers. As a result, the rate of profit companies make per worker has risen 34 percent since 2004.

Think of how many more workers could be employed – at decent wages – if that 34 percent were put to meet our needs and not their profits!