Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blood money = Corporatist greed

The Militant Vol. 75/No. 15      April 18, 2011

Los Angeles workers reject
bosses’ ‘blood money’ trade-off

Three communist workers at an aerospace parts plant in the Los Angeles 
area received bonuses totaling $100.14, which they immediately turned 
over to the Capital Fund. The fund helps finance long-range plans to 
build the communist movement.

“According to the company’s formula, two accidents this month reduced 
the bonus, but ‘productivity’ made up for the deficit. How about that 
trade-off!” writes Arlene Rubinstein, who sent in her check and those of 
Ellie García and James Harris.

One-off payments of this kind from employers—safety and production 
bonuses, contract-signing incentives, and the like—are recognized as 
blood money by class-conscious workers. They are bribes to convince 
workers to accept dangers on the job, speedup, and wage cuts instead of 
standing up and fighting for our interests.

Workers who want to contribute blood-money bonuses can do so by writing 
or calling distributors of the Militant listed on page 8.

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