System doesn't care about workers

A community rally on August 7 to support workers in the Hutchison wharf dispute.

If it wasn't painfully obvious before it should now be crystal clear now that there is no such thing as company loyalty. Loyalty from companies that is.

ABC’s 4 Corners revealed last week that convenience store chain 7-Eleven was engaged in a wide-scale rip off of its workers by paying them below award wages, and in some cases below the minimum wage. It seems employees are fair game for the rapacious nature of capitalism.

Another recent example of the callous conduct of companies under capitalism is Hutchison Ports, where there is an ongoing dispute between the union and company after workers were sacked by text message.

While it is possible that there are companies that do not rip off their customers or employees, they are increasingly the exception rather than the norm.

That the system cannot be maintained without the widespread exploitation of workers and the environment shows how corrupt and moribund it has become.

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