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

Extracting More Work with Threats

Apr 15, 2013

The L.A. 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!