Posted 4 years ago on April 11, 2012, 11:18 p.m. EST by OldCrow
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No to bankers dictatorship in Detroit!
Statement of Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president 10 April 2012
The “consent agreement” reached between the Detroit City Council and the administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is the outcome of a conspiracy against the Detroit working class. It was drawn up behind closed doors by the bankers, and dictated to their political servants in the Democratic and Republican Parties and the trade unions. I call on workers throughout the Detroit metropolitan area to begin mobilizing against this latest attack. This requires the building of new organizations of struggle, based on a new political program. The consent agreement gives city officials the power to dictate union contracts and carry out huge cuts in public services. It requires the city to scrap recently negotiated concessions agreements with city worker unions totaling some $360 million and impose even deeper cuts. These include drastic changes in work rules and the replacement of a defined benefit pension plan for new hires with a 401(k) type program. Also targeted are health care benefits and pensions of retired city workers and their families. Thousands of workers will lose their jobs. Like the savage austerity measures imposed on workers in Greece, the attacks on working people in Detroit will be used as a benchmark for an assault on working people across the United States and internationally. The Obama administration frequently cites Detroit as its model for the “turnaround” of the US economy. It is being used as a testing ground for Obama’s right wing polices, including the privatization of public education through the expansion of charter schools and the slashing of autoworkers wages to poverty levels. As it seeks to impose the most unpopular policies, the ruling class is increasingly doing away with even the pretense of democratic control…