Unemployment is not a mere accidental blemish

“Unemployment is not a mere accidental blemish in a private enterprise economy. On the contrary, it is part of the essential mechanism of the system, and has a definite function to fulfil. The first function of unemployment (which has always existed in open or disguised form) is that it maintains the authority of master over man. The master has normally been in a position to say: ‘If you do not want the job, there are plenty of others who do’. When the man can say: ‘If you do not want to employ me, there are plenty of others who will,’ the situation is radically altered’ From a Times (UK) editorial of 1943, during wartime debates over full employment in the UK, quoted by Victor Quirk on the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union website.

Restore full employment in Australia to shift the balance of power back toward working people

 

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