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by Jamison Maeda
I am an American. This means that I live in one of the world’s largest oligarchies. My country is controlled by a few billionaires, a handful of large corporations, and the politicians paid to protect them. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million dollars in the 2010 American presidential campaign. He is expected to spent the same amount or more in 2016. The Koch brothers will spend nearly $900 million dollars in the 2016 election campaign. And since a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, there is no longer a limit to the amount of money corporations can donate to political campaigns. This leaves ordinary American citizens with little or no influence over what happens in government.
A strike has been called by Mandate members at Dunnes Stores for Thursday 2 April. This is a strike nobody wants but workers have been left with no option as the management at Dunnes refuse to enter talks with the workforce and their union on the issue of decent contracts and living standards for up to 10,000 workers in Southern Ireland.
ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS
Over 80% of Dunnes workers are on temporary contracts. The policy of zero hour contracts is used widely at Dunnes. This type of contract gives no guarantee of working hours week to week and therefore take home pay changes each week. The workers have no financial security and cannot plan any long term aspect of their lives living under these conditions. The majority of Dunnes workers are women and these contracts are a form of control, making these women compliant to the wishes of management regardless of their own needs or those of their families. Dunnes Stores is huge company making over €400m in profit in Ireland every year while many of their workers are on Family Income Support because they cannot exist on the level of take home pay they receive. A contract guaranteeing a set level of hours is not an unreasonable demand.