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July 21, 2017

PCB:The Reforms Bury the Social Pact Posted on 7/18/2017

The Reforms Bury the Social Pact

imageNey Nunes *
The Labor reform of the Temer government passed in the House and Senate, as well as the intended pension reform, are not isolated facts in the contemporary capitalist world. Similar projects have beenProposed and applied in several other countries. Despite the resistance movement of workers, through strikes and large demonstrations, against measures that reduce or withdraw hard-won rights throughout the twentieth century, these measures have been ratified by various governments and parliaments.
The background to these reforms is the profound structural crisis of capitalism in its current ultra-imperialist phase in which we observe a concentration of wealth and centralization of capital never seen in world history at the same time as the state operates as a mere subordinate manager Directly to the financial interests of the global megacorporations, independent of the bourgeois political regime that is in force in each country.
The fundamental meaning of these reforms, inserted in the capitalist structural crisis, is that it is no longer possible for capital to resume an effective growth of the profit rate exclusively through its traditional mechanisms, such as inflation, unemployment, labor turnover, Companies to regions or countries with lower costs and so on. To resume the accumulation of capital it became necessary to break the social pact, which, even with great differences, was established in practically the entire capitalist world. This pact, which in general, guaranteed minimum social rights to the working class.
The parties and unions that, during the validity of this social pact, captured the representation of the workers, are stunned by the virulence of the attacks. All his speech and program in the sense of minor adjustments in the system to keep the pact working, that is, to maintain the subordinate working mass, being exploited in exchange for minimum guarantees, lost the credibility. The pact, defended and often managed by these neo-conformists, has now been torn by the bourgeoisie in the name of resuming its profits.
This picture indicates a historical turning point, that is, that the favorable era for the political forces grounded in class conciliation is ending. The bourgeoisie, this "ungrateful", is inclined to dispense with the service of these old conciliators, their lackeys, specialists in maintaining the proletariat with hopes of obtaining progress, justice and peace in the life of capitalism. The bourgeois alternative to the structural crisis is to impose the measures they deem necessary, quickly and profoundly, even if they are forced to strip themselves of the democratic layer and assume its true face: a dictatorship of the rich and exploiters against the people worker.
* Member of the PCB Central Committee.

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