December 11, 2003

slavery, not

National and Act are currently attempting to say that the proposed amendments to the ERA amount to slavery.

Are they really that incredibly stupid? Slavery involves the labour resource being owned by the person who wants to use said labour. They can do what the hell the like with it, even to the extent of being able to kill the slave and suffer no penalty other than a loss of a capital asset. They can terminate the 'employment' contract at any time.

To my mind, legislating that employers must honour existing employment contracts when they purchase a company is quite the opposite. Rather than controlling labour, it controlls those who wish to use labour. And I do not think you can argue that it makes slaves of the employers - as the only impact on them is on their wallet. If a crime must be alledged, theft would be more apt.

At this rate we will have left-wing governments for the next 50 years.

Posted by carla at December 11, 2003 10:29 PM
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