Exploitation by employers will be crushed

2015-11-21 10:23

When you're employed to work at Steers, for an example, between you and the employer there's an agreement that okay fine:

1. You will earn R3000 per month

2. You'll work 6 days a week

3. You'll work from 6pm to 2am in those 6 days

Now what this agreement doesn't speak about is the VALUE of the burgers and chips you'll be making.

Let's say 3 customers come to the Steers you work and they order 3 different meals. The first one orders a burger for R79. The second customer orders a burger for R20. The third customer orders a burger for R40. What you realize here is that as a worker you've made 3 different burgers that cost 3 different values for Steers but your income remains the same as determined by the employer. Also if on Monday there were 200 customers who all ordered burgers at a value of R40 000 then on Tuesday there were 600 customers ordering at a value of R60 000 - it means Steers made R100 000 in those two days but your MONTHLY income remains stagnant at R3 000 per month.

Also when someone employs a domestic worker - they agree that okay fine the domestic worker will earn R3 500 per month to wash dishes and clothes of all 6 members of the family in the house. Others also make their domestic workers cook meals for them. Now what this R3 500 agreement doesn't speak about is that in the event of the family having 9 visitors, the domestic worker will now cook for 15 members of the family for that day but the income remains the same. Also in the process of washing clothes, the family can bring clothes from their friends to add into those of the family without the knowledge of the domestic worker to alert him/her about the new load. Nevertheless the income remains the same!

This is how employers have a surplus value. This is the system of capitalism. So when workers demand a national minimum wage at a certain level, they are essentially progressively tempering with the capitalist system! A tactic towards a revolution

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