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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 August 2019

Dundee: young workers fight for unions and discuss Marx

photo Young Socialists - Young Workers' Rights campaign

photo Young Socialists - Young Workers' Rights campaign   (Click to enlarge)

Oisin Duncan and William Campbell, Socialist Party Scotland

Members of the 'Young Socialists - Young Workers' Rights' campaign met for a national day of action in Dundee city centre on 6 August. We demanded a minimum wage of 10 an hour and the scrapping of zero-hour contracts. Our call on young workers to join trade unions was met with a warm response.

We teamed up to talk to workers inside JD sports, Subway, Burger King, McDonald's and Home Bargains. One young worker in Subway asked for a further handful of leaflets to hand out to other members of staff and hang up in the break room. We then marched through the city centre calling on young workers to join the Young Socialists and the fight for a proper living wage.

After our activity we held a discussion on the fundamentals of Marxist economics, introduced by Dundee Socialist Party Scotland members Maddie, a fast food worker, and Wayne, a factory worker.

We can see parallels with "primitive accumulation" - Marx's description of how capitalists came to own the means of production in the first place - in Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro opening up increased logging in the Amazon rainforest. And we can see a new global capitalist crisis on the way in both the trade war between China and the US and the related stock market fluctuations over the past days and weeks.

But of course the most central finding of Marx was that of "surplus value." While at their job, workers create more value through their labour than they receive back in their wages.

Where does this "surplus" go? To the boss - who in Marx's time might have reinvested some in expanding production. Nowadays the capitalists are reluctant even to invest.

This relationship between boss and worker creates a tension in the workplace which expresses itself through class struggle. The Socialist Party views Marx's economic theories not as academic pieces but as a call to action, for the working class to take hold of the economic levers in society and turn them to a democratic plan of production...

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In The Socialist 14 August 2019:


What we think

General election looms... Capitalists in chaos: fight for socialism


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Far right seen off at Oxford Circus

After the fire: fight for facilities for all

Hereford and Worcester: stop the fire cuts!

Dundee: young workers meet

Leeds estate residents push back private development


News

Boot out Boris and all the Tory toffs - fight for socialist policies for the 99% not the 0.1%

Tory bribes don't hide destruction of NHS


Opinion

TV: Young, British and Depressed - "What is wrong with our society that all these people are feeling this way?"


Historic events

Northern Ireland, August '69: 'Battle of the Bogside' and British troops on the streets

The Peterloo Massacre 1819: When a fearful ruling class tried to crush working-class political aspirations


Workplace news

Fight back against the retail bosses!

Lincolnshire health workers strike against 2,000 loss of pay

Bradford: All-out action to defeat backdoor NHS privatisation

Hull: Karro Food meat processors strike against poverty pay

Equity: reject UK Theatre's pay cut deal

Summer of airline industry strikes against low pay and worsening conditions

Harland and Wolff occupation continues - renationalise to save the shipyard


International socialist news and analysis

Kashmir crisis: Stop the attack on democratic rights

Pro-democracy protests continue to rage in Hong Kong


 

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