>>The unions play the role of facilitator. A section of the ruling class has made a deal with them. The union executives can maintain their bloated salaries so long as they assist the ruling class in destroying everything that had been won in the past. They prefer not to have struggles, but when one breaks out against their wishes, as in Findlay with the decision by the corporation to lock out the workers, they proceed with a method that has been honed through decades of practice: isolate the struggle while conspiring with the company to impose everything it desired in the first place.
Workers must embrace exactly the opposite program as that advanced by
the unions. They must fight to unify the struggles of all working
people, in every factory, state and country, in a common movement
against the capitalist class and the capitalist system.
In factories and workplaces, this means throwing out the trade union
agents of management, and replacing them with rank-and-file committees
organized by the workers themselves to mobilize the working class
against the demands of the corporations and the government.
However, strikes and militancy, while necessary, are not sufficient to
counter the offensive of the ruling class. The crisis must be
addressed at its root: the capitalist system, a social system based on
the exploitation of the working class for profit. The alternative to
capitalism is socialism. Socialism means genuine equality, on the
basis of democratic control over the economy. The giant corporations
must be nationalized and placed under the democratic control of the
working class, to serve social need and not private profit.<<