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Aluminum Industry Plans to Pay the Rich for Modernization

The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) submitted its "pre-budget recommendations" in a letter to the Quebec government on February 12. The letter is in fact a warning shot that aluminum workers are being targeted for attack through what is called 4.0 digitized automation.[1] To rub salt in the wound, the AAC demands governments finance this assault through pay-the-rich schemes and changes in certain regulations.

Aluminum workers and their unions have not been consulted on the AAC proposals that seek government financing to modernize the production process and reduce their ranks. Nor have they been consulted as to how workers, if made redundant through automation, are to be supported and trained for other work and guaranteed livelihoods at their existing standard of living. Automation conducted in the fashion proposed in the AAC letter with the support of public funds is unacceptable. It would result in the global cartels strengthening their domination and control over the sector and the working class in Quebec and Canada and draining the country of value. It must not pass!

A different direction must and can be found! A good first step is for workers to speak out against making the workers pay for modernization in order to pay the rich. When the workers speak out, they find out the extent of the fraud and corruption which is in the works. When they speak out the falsity of the arguments provided by the rich gets exposed. How untrue they are gets exposed. The rich think they can command the economy which is not the case. Their demand for more is never-ending. Furthermore, governments can only get away with schemes to pay the rich if they are not held to account. Now that the entire economy needs to be modernized is a time to hold them to account.


1. Wikipedia describes Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution as "the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology."

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Volume 51 Number 6 - June 6, 2021

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