February 15, 2018
Quebec Nurses Take Action to End the
Crisis in Their Sector
Breaking the Silence About Unsustainable
Working Conditions and Degradation
of Patient Care
Quebec nurses picket outside Hotel Dieu hospital in Levis, December 1,
• Breaking the Silence About Unsustainable
Working Conditions and Degradation of Patient Care - Pierre
• Interview, Félix-Olivier
Bonneville, Vice-President, Head of the Nursing and Cardio-Respiratory
Personnel Category, FSSS-CSN
• Nurses Achieve Success in Fight for Their
Rights and the Rights of All
Underdevelopment in Atlantic Canada
• Closure of Former McCain Food Plant in
Saint-André, New Brunswick
"Swimming in Cash"
• The Workers Know Where the Money Goes
• Negative Consequences of Private
Expropriation of Social Value - K.C. Adams
Quebec Nurses Take Action to End the
Crisis in Their Sector
Breaking the Silence About Unsustainable Working
Conditions and Degradation of Patient Care
As part of an attempt to end the crisis in their sector,
Quebec nurses are stepping up their campaign to break the wall of
silence around their unsustainable working conditions, that make the
delivery of health services to the public untenable. A Facebook post
from a nurse from the Eastern Townships at the end of January deplored
the inhuman nature of nurses' working conditions and their impact on
the physical and mental integrity of nurses. The post went viral in a
The nurses have taken several organized actions in
recent weeks to alert the public about the situation they and their
patients have faced for the past several years. They held
demonstrations in front of various health centres and sit-ins at
hospitals. The fact that nurses are carrying out workplace actions
shows the seriousness of the situation. Nurses are also circulating
statements for the public to sign to express support. One union has
provided a Safe Staffing Form for nurses to report incidents that
endanger the quality and safety of patient care. Nurses are working
with patient organizations, physician groups and even managers who are
fed up and no longer want to be silent. This collaboration is to
address the reality of a health system in crisis so as to discuss and
provide solutions to problems.
Nurses are speaking out despite being threatened with
reprisals, including suspensions, for speaking about unacceptable
situations. Nurses and their unions have put forward various slogans
that highlight their campaign, including "We will not be silent
anymore!"; "I have my quota!" (This is a play on words. Nurses are
asking for appropriate patients/nurses quotas while they have also
reached their quota of problems).
Nurses even speak of attempts to
impose a "law of silence" on them. This refers to a complex situation
that has been created with the anti-social restructuring of the health
system, a pillar of which is Bill 10, An Act to modify the
organization and governance of the health and social services network,
in particular by abolishing the regional agencies. Bill 10 was
adopted by the Quebec government by imposing closure on debate in 2015.
The law concentrates power in the hands of the Minister of Health for
all aspects of health care institutions. The minister has the power to
appoint, authorize and dismiss boards of directors, order mergers, and
decide budgets and organizational structures. Above all, the law is
presented as if the reforms that it imposes are strictly administrative
changes to make the coordination of health services more efficient,
without affecting health care services. It is absurd to pretend that
administrative tasks are unrelated to care, or that cuts in
administrative staff do not affect care, or that the centralization of
administrative duties do not run roughshod over local or individual
By presenting the matter in this way, the
minister gives himself the power to declare that all negative
consequences of his self-serving actions mandated by private interests
taken over the public health care system are due to negligence on the
local level. Cuts in services and any degradation of care are thus said
to be the result of poor administrative management of local managers
and of resistance to change by nurses and health care workers in
"There are no cuts or
degradations of care" is the catchphrase of the minister; consequently
public denunciation of health
care cuts is portrayed as self-serving "concerted action" of a
political nature by the unions just to discredit the government or as
managers' betrayal of their mandate to conduct "sound management" of
health centres, all
according to the dictate of the minister. Not only are nurses being
told that they have an ethical duty not to abandon patients, and
therefore are often forced to work 16-hour shifts on a continuous
basis, but they are also reminded of their duty of loyalty to employers
which they are told means that they cannot talk about what is happening
In other words, a mafia-style management system is
imposed to ensure that private aims are served while the government is
in denial of all the problems which get worse. Chaos is the norm, but
problems are swept under the rug by means of all sorts of pressures,
including the removal of managers and suspensions of workers including
nurses. This in turn exacerbates the physical, mental and emotional
distress of nurses and further degrades the care of patients to the
point of endangering their lives.
To add insult to injury,
within a situation exacerbated by the privatization of health care,
further privatization is presented as the only possible solution to all
the dysfunction! The type of management and direction private interests
have imposed on the health care system is in fact contrary to the needs
of the polity. A modern society is based on a socialized economy where
workers produce in common, and this also applies to the health care
system where the workers contribute immense value to society. Nurses
who care for patients on our behalf have the right to determine the
working conditions and wages they require so that the services they
deliver are delivered responsibly. They have the right to a say on
where investments are needed, and what conditions they need to deliver
Nurses are making an important contribution to their
own well-being which is required for the well-being of all members who
comprise the society and rely on the health care system. Breaking the
stifling silence imposed on them and intervening in the public arena to
expose the situation and take a stand against the degradation of their
working conditions and health care services the people depend on is the
first step to end the crisis in the health care sector. The stand of
the nurses is a long time coming. It is courageous and deserves the
support of all.
Interview, Félix-Olivier Bonneville,
Vice-President, Head of the Nursing and
Health care workers organized in the FSSS-CSN hold an action in
February 12, 2018,
to mark the third anniversary of the anti-social Bill 10 that is having
serious negative effects
on the health care system.
Workers' Forum: In recent weeks nurses in Quebec,
including those who are members of the Federation of Health and Social
Services-Confederation of National Trade Unions (FSSS-CSN), stepped up
their campaign to break the silence on their working conditions, which
are also the conditions of the
delivery of health care services to the population. How do you
characterize the situation that nurses are facing right now?
Félix-Olivier Bonneville: We
are facing a shortage of nurses. It's hard to find nurses. There are
also many nurses who have graduated but have not entered the public
system. Over the last year, about 1,600 did not enter the public
system. There was a survey sent to them to find out why. Was it to
continue their studies, reorient
their career, etc.?
This problem is combined with scheduling management
which makes you end up with a lot of mandatory overtime. There are also
the problems of recruitment and retention of personnel. Many nurses
leave the profession in their first five years of work. There is the
problem of patient-to-nurse ratios where the workload is constantly
increasing. This is happening, we must not forget, under conditions
where the cases are becoming more complex because, for example, of the
aging of the population. There are also advances in science which mean
that we are now saving patients who were not saved before. The
complexity of care increases at the same time as our workload
Shortages affect the organization of work, and the
higher the workload the more problems it causes: occupational health
and safety is affected, including mental health problems, burnout. The
list is long.
Mandatory overtime has become a reality in the nursing
world. We have the impression that it has even become a management
tool. As nurses we have an ethical duty not to abandon a patient, and
this is something thrown in our faces by managers, that we must provide
the care. And if there is no one to relieve us to provide safe care, we
are told that it is our responsibility to stay on shift. On the other
hand, we also have a right and a duty to say that at a given moment we
no longer have the vigilance necessary to provide care. After 16 hours
of work, we no longer have the vigilance to do so. It is a continual
stress that affects many nurses. If in addition you are full-time, you
are already doing a full week of work, so with the overtime required
you end up with extremely long weeks. That's why part-time jobs are so
popular because, in any case, part-time nurses will be forced to work
overtime. Part-time jobs give them more reasonable work weeks.
We must also take into
account the budget cuts that have been applied for at least five years.
These cuts mean that there are savings at the end of the day that are
everywhere. For example, they are done on the backs of people doing
administrative work. There are fewer of these workers to handle
administrative tasks. This work is then assigned to the nurses. The
cuts also apply to personal care attendants, whose number is reduced
per care unit. Some of their work now falls on the nurses and adds to
Now, if you add to that the changes that Bill 10 has
brought, we see that more and more mobility and flexibility are being
requested from nurses and other workers in the system. There is less
stability in working conditions, and this has an impact on the health
and retention of employees. We have fewer and fewer steady jobs in a
single workplace than before. Before, if your position was in a
community health centre (CLSC), you stayed there. Now we can be moved
elsewhere as needed. This has a big impact on retention. It must be
understood that mobility and flexibility are now occurring within
establishments that are so large that one can cover an
entire administrative region.
For example, the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS)
of the Bas-Saint-Laurent is gigantic. The mobility and flexibility that
are required particularly affect people on the oncall lists, especially
support staff workers.
It is also becoming increasingly difficult to meet with
managers to solve a problem when it happens. In addition, the same
manager may have to manage units very different from each other.
Managing a CLSC and a youth centre is not the same thing.
In short, the restructuring of health care that has
taken place directly affects us.
WF: What work is the FSSS and its
unions doing to change the situation?
FOB: The first step would be to sit
down with the Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette. It has been
months since we sent him a request to meet with the federation and we
only received an acknowledgment of receipt.
Vigil outside Quebec National Assembly, February 6, 2015 against
passage of Bill 10.
We are working very hard right now because, under
Bill 10, we are in the midst of local negotiations on matters that
are not in the collective agreement that we signed nationally. It is in
this local bargaining that we are trying to gain more stability for our
members, for example by establishing full-time positions that are not
Something new is happening right now, the work we're
doing together with managers, physician groups, and patient
organizations to bring solutions to health system issues. This is
called the 15 Solutions movement and the CSN is part of it. I'm not
very old but I do not remember ever sitting with managers to work
together to improve the situation.
It is important to bring these things to the public.
Before, there used to be some mechanisms in the system through which we
raise issues and discuss what is happening, but the reform of the
health system has abolished this. Minister Barrette tells us not to
make our issues public and we are constantly reminded of our duty of
loyalty to our employer that pressures us to be silent, but we have no
choice but to go to the public to get our message out. In fact, even
managers are beginning to speak publicly because the reforms adopted
under the gag order are unmanageable.
It is important for the public to get the Minister to
understand that public services are important, that we are ready to
fight for them, that we want to keep our public services and keep them
as quality services. The Minister is very fond of privatization, with
his private groups of family physicians. Their goal is supposedly to
offer family doctors to everyone, but they are getting their people
from our CLSCs, who are migrating to the private sector. The CLSCs are
a flagship, they must be improved, not destroyed.
We see that the people who hold economic power do not
lead us towards more social solidarity and there is plenty of fighting
1. Bill 10, An Act to modify the
organization and governance of the health and social services network,
in particular by abolishing the regional agencies, was passed
under closure on February 7, 2015 by the Liberal government
of Philippe Couillard despite massive opposition from
health care workers and people from all walks of life. It concentrates
the decision-making power of the entire health system in the hands of
the Minister of Health through administrative bodies whose members are
appointed or authorized by the Minister. It greatly expands the notion
of a healthcare institution becoming a mega-institution that can cover
an entire region, giving the Minister more direct authority to
dismantle or privatize services on a vast scale.
2. Bill 10 imposed a merger of union
accreditations, which means that local collective agreements must be
renegotiated in all unions affected by the mergers. The deadline for
negotiating local issues is very tight. Unions have just over 12
months to negotiate and if the parties do not agree, a
mediator-arbitrator decides. Local bargaining deals with things that
have not been adopted in bargaining at national tables, such as labour
mobility, scheduling of daily hours and the configuration of the work
week, arrangements regarding overtime, being called back to work and
availability for work, etc.
Nurses Achieve Success in Fight for Their Rights
and the Rights of All
Signs from the 2014 Nova Scotia nurses' strike.
In early January, 167 registered nurses organized
in the Nova
Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) scored a small
victory in the face of the McNeil Liberals' attack on the rights of
workers. On April 1, 2014 these nurses went out on a strike
McNeil Liberals' Bill 27, the Essential Health and Community
Services Act, which declared
illegal the right of certain workers deemed "essential" to withdraw
their capacity to work. Through other similar legislation passed since
then, the McNeil Liberals have sought to impose their dictate on public
sector workers, teachers, health care workers using police powers
masquerading as legislation.
Faced with unacceptable conditions, the 167 nurses
in 2014 to defend their rights and as a result were suspended by
Capital District Health Authority for two days following the "illegal"
strike. The NSGEU filed 167 grievances at that time -- arguing
discipline was unfair, excessive and arbitrary.
The case went to mediation-arbitration with the
the letter of suspensions be removed from the nurses' personnel files.
Further, the two-day unpaid suspensions were reduced to one-day unpaid
and one-day paid suspensions. NSGEU President Jason MacLean said
following the decision, "The NSGEU is proud of its nurses and
their willingness to stand up to governments who try to legislate away
their rights. During this time, nurses went out on the illegal strike
and the legal strike a few days later. They stood up ... and those
nurses forced to stay at work and provide emergency services showed
their support in countless ways."
Indeed, workers standing up to defend their rights take
social responsibility to defend themselves and the rights of all. For
public service workers, defending their own working conditions defends
the level of service to the public --- whether it be education, health
care or other public services that Canadians rely on every day. Workers'
Forum congratulates the nurses in both Nova Scotia
and Quebec who stood up and put themselves on the line to defend their
rights and the rights of all to social programs and public services the
people need and deserve.
Chronic Underdevelopment in Atlantic
Closure of Former McCain Food Plant in
Saint-André, New Brunswick
Once again the people of Atlantic Canada have been
delivered a cruel blow to their working lives and economy. The Dr.
Oetker food empire announced it will close the former McCain food plant
in Saint-André in northwestern New Brunswick this coming May. It
said it will move the factory's food production to facilities it
controls in London, Ontario and Lodi, New Jersey.
The loss of 180 manufacturing jobs is a
significant blow to the community of 18,000 in the Grand
Sault/Grand Falls region where Saint-André is located. The
disappearance of the reproduced-value in wages, benefits and pensions
for those directly working in the plant is coupled with the loss of
revenue from supplying and
transporting the produced social product and any possibility of
reinvestment in the plant and community from future added-value.
Posing as a socially responsible company, Dr. Oetker's
Executive Vice President Cécile Van Zandijcke said, "We care
deeply about the people on our Grand Falls team and we will sit down
individually with them to discuss their own specific path forward. That
will be our immediate focus now."
Van Zandijcke said, "There
is nothing our Grand Falls employees could have done differently. Food
manufacturers have been facing severe economic pressures over the last
few years and today's market has become ultra-competitive. In order for
Dr. Oetker to continue operating efficiently within this challenging
environment, we needed to restructure our Canadian Manufacturing
The Dr. Oeteker website says: "Employees will receive a
severance package that exceeds the statutory requirements in addition
to employment counseling, resume support and career planning
assistance. The Company will continue group medical and dental benefits
until December 31, 2018.
"Dr. Oetker will also establish a $4 million Grand
Falls Community Fund to assist with job retraining and economic
development, working with all levels of government including the Mayor
of Grand Falls."
The fact is that this is a company on the prowl for the
highest return on its investment, like any other. Public relations
about "the family's environmentally oriented approach to corporate
management, its initiatives aimed at securing jobs as well as its
general social and cultural commitment," are to disinform the polity so
that it accepts its
allegedly god-given fate and even sympathizes with the company instead
of fighting for an economy whose direction is set to serve the needs of
the people and nation-wrecking is outlawed. The family-owned company
took over the plant less than four years ago when the owners purchased
the McCain frozen pizza business. In a statement
announcing the closure, it repeated the now common refrain of an
"increasingly challenging ultra-competitive food market" and the need
"to restructure our Canadian manufacturing operation."
This simplistic statement hides the fact that at the
time it bought the McCain frozen pizza business in 2014, it was
already constructing a new food factory in London, Ontario
using $19 million in federal and provincial pay-the-rich subsidies
and would only lease the plant in Saint-André. Those who control
the McCain empire had
to be fully aware in 2014 that the new owners had no intention of
maintaining production at the Saint-André plant. McCain
previously had no plan to renew the facility using new value workers
produced at the plant and neither did the Germans once they seized
The words of Andrea Davis, McCain's director of
government and public relations are quite disingenuous, expressing
"surprise and disappointment" to learn the plant is closing. "We had
been given no indication that the plant is experiencing difficulties
and given the short notice of Dr. Oetker's planned closure, we've not
had time for future considerations," Davis said.
The Saint-André plant is leased from the McCain
empire. Will McCain bring it back to life after having already sold the
frozen pizza division of their business? Not likely.
The problem is clear. The working people in the
Atlantic region have no more say or control over their work, economy
and fate than the working people in any other part of the country. The
workers require an all-sided self-reliant economy. The McCain empire
for decades, and the German billionaire owners of Dr. Oetker for the
years, have taken the added-value workers produce at the
Saint-André plant and other facilities for use as company
profit, interest profit, rent profit, investment in new facilities
elsewhere or for other schemes. Obviously the added-value has not been
poured back into the Saint-André plant either recently or when
it was part of the McCain empire.
Otherwise it would not be in need of serious renewal.
Without constant renovation
and renewal, the reality of
depreciation makes it simple for the private interests to just say the
plant is old and leased, and nothing else can be done but wreck it and
move production to the U.S. and Ontario. The private owners of Dr.
Oetker do not live or work in
New Brunswick where the unemployment rate in December was 7.8 per
cent, compared with the national average of 5.7 per cent. Private
interests are focused on staying ahead of the competition so that they,
not others, reap the profits on a global scale. In 2014, the
Oetker business empire was valued by Forbes at $12
billion, and each of eight children inherited an equal share
of 12.5 per cent, or about $1.5 billion each. Atlantic Canada
not fit into their plans other than to exploit within the moment.
Following the announcement of the plant's closure, the
monopoly-owned media dragged out their experts and politicians to
explain away the problem with the familiar refrain that nothing can be
done and no alternative exists. The words are meant to discourage
working people from discussing the situation and exploring alternatives.
The media quote Sylvain Charlebois, Dean of Business at
Halifax's Dalhousie University, rationalizing the wrecking of Atlantic
Canada from the decadent outlook of the imperialists saying, "Foreign
employers facing high Canadian costs and a volatile currency are
reluctant to spend millions on robotics and automation to upgrade older
factories, preferring to close up and move production to other plants.
The high concentration of foreign ownerships makes the food
manufacturing sector vulnerable to job losses. It's been going on for
more than a decade. Canadians don't have much control over these
decisions.... I don't think it's going to stop here. There are going to
That's it! Nothing to discuss because Canadians have no
control anyway. Nation-wrecking is inevitable and nothing can be done.
The professor describes a situation but gives no vantage point
favourable to Canadians, no analysis or more importantly a synthesis of
what could develop if the power of the state were in the hands of the
people, not the private interests. Foreign interests are in control and
Canada is a backwater, so these companies are only doing what's to be
End of story.
The media then turn over the microphone to a dutiful
retinue of politicians who spout essentially the same thing but this
time, in the name of the people. The office of T.J. Harvey, the federal
Member of Parliament for the area, issued a statement saying the
company felt it made no sense to invest in new equipment for a plant
that it leased.
"Government could not have affected this decision as Dr. Oetker's was
difficult but final," the statement said.
Only when the working people decide to represent
themselves directly will they begin to give voice to how problems can
be solved with a pro-social aim. A new direction that serves them and
the economy of Atlantic Canada is not rocket science but it does demand
that the working people take up nation-building themselves.
(See also "Campbell
Forum, February 1, 2018,
the Campbell Soup factory in Toronto and the plan to
supply food to the Canadian market from U.S. plants. Other food makers
that have closed their factories in Canada in recent times include HJ
Heinz Co., Kellogg, Unilever Canada Inc., and Smucker's.)
1. The Dr. Oetker companies in various countries
around the world are managed by Oetker International in Bielefeld,
Germany. Although activities centre on the markets of Western and
Eastern Europe, Dr. Oetker also maintains a presence in North and South
Dr. Oetker was established in Canada in 1960,
known at that time as Condima Imports Ltd. The company underwent a few
more name changes before finally settling on Dr.
Oetker Ltd. in 2003. In 1992 Dr. Oetker Ltd. Canada purchased
the Shirriff line of products. In 2003, Ristorante Pizza
was launched, and "has maintained an overwhelming amount of success in
the market place." The success of Dr. Oetker products is said to stem
from "a constant drive towards continual innovation."
Without mentioning that its founder Rudolf-August
Oetker was a member of the Nazi Party which used
slave labour during the Third Reich and built itself as a leading
German manufacturer in the post-war period by reaping the benefits of
this legacy, the company presents the following sanitized version of
The Canadian company is a
subsidiary of the family-run
Oetker Group. Established in 1891 with the launch of Germany's
first baking powder, today Dr. Oetker carries out a legacy rooted in
the belief that "quality is the best recipe" and a commitment to
building a sustainable presence in the countries in which it does
In 2016, worldwide Dr. Oetker sales were $3 billion.
2. Forbes.com: Forbes World's Richest People.
3. Quoted in the Globe
Mining Companies "Swimming in Cash"
The Workers Know Where the Money Goes
Bloomberg News reports, "Mining companies
are swimming in so much cash that investors aren't sure where the
industry will spend it all." But the workers know what the investors
know which is that some of that "free cash flow" is used to extort
concessions from workers and governments worldwide. The global
part use their accumulated expropriated value as a war chest to force
concessions from workers, to pay less taxes, get financial incentives
and pay even lower prices for electricity, as in the case of Rio
Tinto's deals with Hydro-Quebec, and to keep market prices climbing.
The Rio Tinto Group and
Alcoa global monopolies on
January 11 locked out 1,030 workers at the ABI aluminum
smelter in Bécancour, Quebec. Last year, 371 workers at
CEZinc in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec and their allies had to wage
a long determined strike to beat back attacks on their pensions and
rights by the global cartel Glencore. Mine and refinery workers
worldwide are daily engaged in pitched battles to defend their rights
against attacks from these cartels "swimming in cash."
The Bloomberg report continues: "BHP, Glencore,
Rio Tinto Group and Anglo American Plc generated $31.9 billion of
free cash flow during their 2017 fiscal years, which exceeds their
haul during the last commodity boom in 2011, according to analysts
estimates compiled by Bloomberg. In 2018, the flow
will be an estimated $31.2 billion."
The Bloomberg World Mining Index, which
tracks 117 company shares, has doubled since January 2016,
reporting their highest combined profit last year since 2012.
"Rio Tinto, which made a record $2.5 billion
interim payout last year and bought back more than $2 billion of
shares, is forecast to make its highest ever full-year dividend and buy
back another $1.9 billion of stock. Even Glencore, which usually
favors deals over dividends, in December promised to double its payout
"Still, even after those distributions to shareholders,
the industry will have $80 billion in excess cash over the next
three years, according to Macquarie Group Ltd.... With metals from zinc
to palladium trading at multi-year highs, four of the world's top
producers generated combined free cash flow last year of about $87
day. Some of the unprecedented windfall is earmarked for dividends....
Copper, nickel and iron ore (prices) are up more than 50 percent
from market lows in early 2016, while precious metals have posted
double-digit gains," Bloomberg said.
Negative Consequences of Private
The private expropriation of the value workers produce
is highly disruptive within a socialized economy. This presents a
problem working people are discussing how to overcome. The privately
expropriated value working people produce as a collective social force
is put into a contradiction with the socialized nature of the economy.
the source of recurring economic crises, uneven development, poverty,
the growing gap between rich and poor, and the predatory and
inter-imperialist wars to wipe out competitors, seize the productive
forces of others, and destroy what the most powerful cannot control.
The privately expropriated
value is used to perpetuate
the unequal and antagonistic social relation between the social class
that sells its capacity to work and the social class that buys the
capacity to work of working people. Under the current unequal and
antagonistic social relation, the actual producers of the social value
have no control over
the work they do or the social product they produce. The expropriated
social value is used to expand the private empires of those who buy the
capacity to work of working people. This contradicts the necessity to
use social value to expand the socialized economy as a whole in
conformity with its interconnectedness and the reality that people in
modern world are born to society and depend on the socialized economy
and society for work and their well-being from birth to passing away.
To build their empires, those who buy the capacity to
work of others use their power of control over the economy and state to
compete with other empires and to extort concessions from the working
people and other sectors of the economy rather than allow the economy's
different parts to function in conformity with each other, as demanded
by a modern socialized economy. They use their power constantly to put
pressure on the working class to reduce its claim on the value it
produces both individually and socially. Those who privately
expropriate the social product cannot bring it under control and end up
destroying that which they cannot control within the chaos of economic
They operate as cartels to manipulate market prices to
favour their private interests -- both the prices they pay for fixed
circulating value in the production process and the prices they demand
for the social product their workers produce, all of which is highly
destructive. This is sometimes blatant such as the demand of Rio Tinto
during the lockout at the ABI smelter for lower electricity prices from
the state, or more covert with the manipulation of market prices, which
only seldom become widely known such as the recent case of price fixing
of the price of bread across Canada.
They use their power to refuse to pay in a proper
exchange for the socially reproduced value of the capacity to work of
the working people. This includes payment for the value of the
education and health workers possess while working for particular
companies and their well-being in retirement, which must be part of the
overall exchange for
workers' capacity to work.
They refuse to pay in proper exchange for the value
they use from the infrastructure and public services without which no
part of the economy could function. The payment in exchange for social
reproduced-value, infrastructure and public services, including
cultural amenities, should be automatically included in a pro-rated
price of production
of all commodities and returned to those institutions that produced the
value in the first place, so that they can continue to function at the
They use the social value they expropriate not to build
the socialized economy as a whole through even development within all
regions of the country and between the department producing means of
production and the department producing articles of consumption but to
expand the power of their competing private empires. This is commonly
seen in resource extraction communities where those who buy the
capacity to work of the working people remove the social value workers
produce from the communities for use elsewhere in their private
empires. This leaves most small communities and regions in Canada in a
chronic state of one-sided development or underdevelopment. This can
also be seen where the private interests clash with the necessity to
reinvest back into a particular facility. Recent examples are the
planned closures of the Dr. Oetker food manufacturing plant in New
the Campbell Soup plant in Toronto under the hoax that the plants need
renewal for which those in control were obviously responsible.
The private interests of the
against the development of an all-sided economy both where their
private assets exist and throughout the country. The expropriated
social value is taken out of the economy while social programs, public
services, infrastructure, health and safety, renewal of the facilities,
research and development,
all-sided development and the general interests of society are starved
Those who own and control the productive forces and buy
the capacity to work of the working class and expropriate the social
product even turn the situation upside down and demand the collective
social wealth of the economy controlled through the state should be
handed over to them in pay-the-rich schemes, which have become
The narrow outlook of those who buy the capacity to
work of workers stands in opposition to a broad outlook infused with
social consciousness necessary in any modern economy. The socialized
economy needs a modern social consciousness that views development not
as competition amongst its parts but as interconnected, where the parts
the whole work in conformity with one another for their mutual benefit.
Working together the parts and whole are stronger, greater, more stable
and secure than when the parts act in competition with each other and
are indifferent to the well-being of other parts and the betterment of
the whole, and to the flourishing of the human factor/social
consciousness and the general interests of society.
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