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Laws are designed to hold back workers

Issue No. 2147

Workers occupying to save jobs are hit with eviction orders and court summons. Even workers who have voted by 83 percent for strikes find themselves threatened with the courts.

Some 114 people about to protest at a power station suffer “pre-emptive” arrest for “conspiring”. And walking past a protest on his way home, Ian Tomlinson is hit by a police officer and later dies.

Companies are free to move their money around the globe and shut down workers’ pension funds. They can avoid paying both taxes and workers’ redundancy pay by winding up companies. All of this is, of course, legal.

Meanwhile it is within the rules for politicians to rake in expenses and lobbying fees.

The law is there for one side against the other – theirs against ours.

The judges and the police, who uphold the law, are unaccountable. They are there to preserve the interests of the rich – whether through the banal intricacies of company law or the sickening thud of batons.

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What We Think
Tue 14 Apr 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2147
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