Wage and profit-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
WONDER why the prices of commodities and costs of services in our country rise faster than the wages of our workers and employees?
Is this a plain coincidence or happen because of some freak circumstances? No, they are planned, they are done systematically, and they are part of a bigger system.
Simply said, the big capitalists who control the market, trade and services are the same big capitalists who own banks and offices, direct trading, put up transportation and communication firms, build malls and markets, finance and run industries and farms that produce goods sold to the market.
To make good with their business, they deliberately depressed the wages of their workers and employees but sell their commodities at prices far higher than their costs of production including wages. That is the secret of profit.
That is the essence of capitalist system -- the insatiable drive for profit, more profit and super profits. Remove super profits, and the capitalist system would not have existed. Maybe we would have returned to the primitive communal system, or skipped to socialist and communist system. Or whichever is feasible under given circumstances.
I can understand why the capitalist employers continue to put up big fight against wage hikes, or give only crumbs to the workers when cornered. It is for profit. It is nonsense to hear capitalist employers "ah we could not give in to the wage hike demands of the workers or not more than Php 10.00 because we might bankrupt and close shop and render our workers jobless."
Nonsense and stupid of course. Why give a useless yearly Php 10.00 to wage increase when everybody knows that prices basic commodities, costs of fuel, costs of services like water, gas and power, increase almost every other week? Worse, by the time the worker receives the wage adjustment, everything gone up several fold.
Good for the big capitalists because any market price adjustment is taken back in the form of new prices for their goods and services. But what about the workers; where else can they get the adjustment to cope with the rigors of daily existence? More and harder work, more sufferings.
Wage and profit are indeed diametrically opposed. The former is the weapon of the worker to fight for its existence. The latter is the instrument of the capitalist to perpetuate the ruling system.
But the most despicable and condemnable is the state itself. The basic problem with the wage issue in our country is the state policy on wage system itself which gives undue advantage to the already favored capitalist employers.
The state is in fact the mastermind in depressing wages, freezing wage increases, starving the workers, while making empty praises for the workers as heroes of our nation.
Instead of establishing a national wage standards structure for various industries in the framework of just wage for every worker, the state has abandoned its responsibility to the workers by giving capitalist employers absolute free hand to determine how much they should give to the workers.
The state bureaucrats, technocrats, and politicians know very well that the capitalist primordial interest is to protect its business and raise its profits, and even their politics is for the protection and advancement of their businesses.
Following state policy, the Department of Labor (Dole) led by its regional director religiously implement orders of treating the workers like dogs that can be fed with crumbs and bones while the capitalist employers are treated like the proverbial gooze that lay the golden eggs.hone and enforce.
History is a living witness to the role the workers played in the building of industries, technological advancements, growth of businesses, and the development of civilizations.
No matter what Dole Secretary Baldoz or Dole Regional Director Ligutom claim that the agency works for the best interests of the workers - the fact simply shows they are inutile and useless. At the most, they are spokespersons, apologists and enforcers of the capitalists.
I agree with RTWPB labor representative Winnie Sancho and so with the militant labor organizations that the wage issue in the country is just a replica of a bigger and rotten ruling system that we have.
I believe that even the DOLE, as a direct government agency under the office of the President, reflects the same rotten system through blatantly accepting bribes in exchange of favorable decisions for capitalists. Is it any wonder why even the legal processes led by the DOLE, such as certification elections and CBA negotiations, are tainted with anomalies and irregularities?
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 26, 2013.