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The capitalist workday, the socialist workday

A link to an excellent article by Michael Lebowitz (pictured left), exclusive to Links - and essential explanation of socialist trade union activity.

Michael A. Lebowitz: The capitalist workday, the socialist workday
As May Day approaches, there are four things that are worth remembering:
  1. For workers, May Day does not celebrate a state holiday or gifts from the state but commemorates the struggle of workers from below.
  2. The initial focus of May Day was a struggle for the shorter workday.
  3. The struggle for the shorter workday is not an isolated struggle but is the struggle against capitalist exploitation.
  4. The struggle against capitalist exploitation is an essential part but not the only part of the struggle against capitalism.

What I want to do today is to set out some ideas about the capitalist workday and the socialist workday which I hope can be useful in the current struggles in Venezuela and, more immediately, in today's discussion.

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