April 27, 2010 in Featured
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses. — Cato the Elder Quotes
To a worker, having a stable job is like a halleluiah especially if there are many mouths to feed. He will have the pride of being a responsible husband if he regularly gives his salary to his wife. He will feel the utmost joy if he sees his children staying healthy as they eat nutritious food and have medications as he can afford to buy them the necessary food and medicines and medical services. He will be proud if he sees his children are knowledgeable enough as they go to school since they can afford the quality education. He will be the happiest man in the world if he sees his family enjoying the beauty of life as he has the time to be with his family after coming home from work.
But, to a worker, it is a hell of a feeling if he has no steady job and he is on the brink of being laid-off or unemployed as he needs to feed his family. He will have worried and sleepless nights thinking where in the world he will get money to buy food and medicines so that his children will not die of hunger and sickness.
He will feel guilty if he sees his children roaming the streets since they cannot afford to go to school and get some education for the privileged. He will have the heaviest heart as he sees his family living a miserable life.
It is so hard for a father of a family who sees his children staring with hungry eyes and full of envy at other children as they eat food and play with nice toys. Most of the time, it pinches his heart whenever his children will ask money from him to buy some little things but he has nothing to give. And most of the time, he cries even if he does not show it, whenever his wife asks him how they will live this kind of life.
So upon hearing that his co-workers are planning to start a union, he agreed to be involved as he knows that through the union, he can fight for a stable job. Together with his co-workers, he can fight for just wages and a humane workplace. Through the help of the unity in their union, he can hope for a bright future for his family.
For the capitalists, the unity of the workers and the unions are pains in their asses. Any increase in wages, their huge profit will be lessened and their luxurious life will be affected. They consider the unity of their workers like the uprising of slaves that will devour their masters. And they really do not like that to happen.
So the capitalists will do everything to quell the workers’ union. They use intimidation, arrogance, divisiveness and force. They will close their shops without any justification. They will collaborate with government agents and officials to harass and silence the struggling workers.
To a worker, losing his job is losing not only his life but also the life of his family. It is losing their dignity, their right to live as humans. So he will fight for his job even to death. He knows, he is not the only one who is struggling to live, he is one among the many people of the world who are fighting against inequality. He knows, he is not only fighting for himself and his family, but for the future generation of workers where society knows how to care.
A working man is proud to belong to a class that shapes the future. His class builds the world’s economy through their collective skills, muscles, sweat and blood. A disciplined class that will mold a new society where no one will be afraid of losing his job. # nordis.net