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Interview with victimised UNITE union activist Abdul Omer Mohsin 29 April 2010

Interview by Ady Couysins: www.counterfire.org Abdul Omer Mohsin, Unite convenor for London Sovereign, lost his appeal against dismissal on Tuesday [28 April 2010]. The Unite official who represented Omer at his appeal took the companys case apart. Its obvious that Abdul Omer has been sacked for being an effective union convenor. Drivers at Sovereign had the worst pay and conditions in London. That has changed, and the bosses are anxious to stop any further gains. Omers record He has strengthened union organisation at Sovereigns two garages, backed up by strikes, which has resulted in serious gains for drivers. These include * Pay will be brought into line with Sovereigns sister company, London United. This will increase Sovereign drivers pay by around £4000 a year within an agreed timetable. * New drivers at Sovereign were paid 14 percent less than at London United. Half this gap has been closed this year. The other half will be closed in July this year. * New drivers had to wait two years before being entitled to sick pay. They will now be entitled to receive it after 12 months—the same as the drivers at London United. * Sovereign workers will receive a 2 percent pay increase as part of a deal to align the hours they work with London United. This is over and above normal pay bargaining. * London United workers are entitled to an annual performance related bonus, paid at Christmas and usually worth around £400. Sovereign has now agreed to negotiate on introducing this at <b>...</b>
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Marx Quiz

Here's a brief true-false quiz about Marx's theory of value. This is to advertise my video series "The Law of Value" which will be appearing, one video at a time, over the next several months. Full text at: kapitalism101.wordpress.com
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Law of Value 1: Introduction

Full text: kapitalism101.wordpress.com This is an Introduction to a series of videos about Karl Marx's Theory of Value. FAQ: Q: Karl Marx? I thought he was a has-been. A: Forget everything you thought you knew. It's time for some fresh air. Q: What the hell is value? A: When you work you are not producing in order to fulfill your own needs. You are producing to that someone can make a profit. Society is structured toward producing economic value, not meeting society's needs. What happens to a world in which all production is subsumed by value production? Marx wanted to answer this question. Q: I think of value as being a subjective estimation of the worth of something. A: That's not a question, but I'll answer it anyway. That is a different definition of value. People do place subjective valuations on things in the market. But these subjective estimations are structured a much larger world of "value creation" in which people are working in order to produce things for market exchange. Marx saw that it was this unique structure of production (production for exchange) that was key to understanding capitalism. The fact that we must ration our labor efficiently to produce the commodities society demands means that it is the productivity of labor which underlies our subjective estimations of value, turning seemingly disparate and atomistic consumer decisions into long-term, objective price movements. Q: Hasn't Marx's theory of value been discredited? A: No. Only misunderstood <b>...</b>
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