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Waterford Occupation: A Snapshot Of A 'Tiny Ugly World' / Interview with Joe Kelly (UNITE)

category waterford | worker & community struggles and protests | feature author Tuesday February 03, 2009 02:20author by Cork WSM Box & Fotos / Article -by Various Report this post to the editors

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A 'tiny ugly world' of greed, speculation, rampant insecurity and the 'disciplining' of workers unites those who occupied 'Republic Windows and Doors' in Chicago and the workers now occupying Waterford 'Crystal'.

Who held the gun to the head of the workers in Waterford? Whose actions called up the 'Starry Plough' ? Was it those of the 'Receiver'? He's the demon bad guy in the news reports. Probably because his surname suited the job!

What about O'Reilly ? An international capitalist widely famed for his obscene wealth. He seems like a candidate. Hiding behind the 'Receiver', shafting the workers whose lives he was willing to take a punt on, happy for the acclaim that came with a national brand. The editor of the Indo during the Lockout , way back when the 'Starry Plough' was a living symbol, most certainly deserved his depiction as an iron-heeled capitalist boot-boy.

And what about Bank of America? They got greedy - swallowed Merrill Lynch. Begged for and got massive bailouts from US taxpayers as a result. Withdrew the lines of credit to longstanding industries at the whiff of trouble and destroyed lives and security for working people without a blink and away from the limelight the 'Receiver' now flinches under. Then they planned openly to destroy some more workers rights.

The 'crisis'? An all purpose boogieman. Make everyone so insecure that they'll lie down and happily accept anything short of a disastrous collapse in living standards and security. That's the program in Germany where there is also a Waterford Crystal subsidiary, in the US where events surrounding Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago are but one example of a generalised 'disciplining' of workers, it's the program in France which was shut down by a general strike last week, it's the program in the UK where EU workers are being set at each others throats and it's most definitely the program here. Pretty much the same everywhere. The bet is that people will trample over each other in desperation for 'opportunity' rather than stand together and refuse this 'discipline'.

Neo-liberal Europe is a busted flush. The workers in Waterford have begun something new by turning the tables. If they don't get their pensions and compensation, if they don't get re-employed, they should get the factory with the furnace still burning and the name 'Waterford Glass' still intact. Oh and support from the State.

The State? This is a state which is about to hand over the keys to the safe to those who turned people by the thousands coldly into slaves to debt here in the past number of years by wilfully inflating a property bubble and gambling with their proceeds from the wholesale looting of a generation. Before they pay their friends they should pay those who kept the thing afloat. They're bailing out 'supermen' who slipped right, left and centre and will probably go to court not to pay compensation to shafted workers who their 'friends' are shafting.

Who's advising them? Oh yeah. People from Merrill Lynch who blew their own operation through greed and got taken over by the too greedy 'too big to fail' Bank of America. Remember them? That's right - they withdrew their line of credit from Chicago Windows and Doors and from Waterford, longstanding businesses both, because of a glitch in the money machine - in 'their' money machine. Tiny Ugly World indeed.

We won't pay for their crisis! Better to bust the house!

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   More photos     Cork WSM    Mon Feb 02, 2009 20:31 
   Statement by Cork WSM in support of Waterford Glass Occupation     Cork WSM    Mon Feb 02, 2009 21:38 
   realities at Waterford     Sceptic    Mon Feb 02, 2009 21:54 
   Septic sceptic - let them eat glass?     Gearóid, Tír Eoghain    Mon Feb 02, 2009 23:37 
   Corrupt institutions are propped up - Honest Workers are Fucked over     bonker    Tue Feb 03, 2009 00:32 
   strike breaking thugs r us?     reg    Tue Feb 03, 2009 01:49 
   Sceptic outer     Anne    Tue Feb 03, 2009 02:03 
   Strange times indeed     RTE listener    Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:34 
   tragic capitalist mismanagement?     Sceptic    Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:37 
 10   Where is the interview     J.K    Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:46 
 11   Further Actions by WG workers!     fm    Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:06 
 12   reply to jk     roper - wsm    Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:16 
 13   A transcript of interview would be nice     ranter    Tue Feb 03, 2009 13:32 
 14   re: ranter     Andrew    Tue Feb 03, 2009 16:31 
 15   Waterford workers lead the way     Saoirse    Wed Feb 04, 2009 14:27 
 16   British Government can step in for Wedgwood     Kevin    Wed Feb 04, 2009 16:49 
 17   Reply to Kevin on Wedgewood - why the situations are different and other matters     Sceptic    Wed Feb 04, 2009 20:05 
 18   tiny ugly world     folksinger    Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:21 
 19   myself     ExLabour    Tue Feb 10, 2009 00:54 
 20   Raise the Last Glass     A.R    Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:35 
 21   Reckless Trading     J    Tue Mar 16, 2010 14:50 


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