Wednesday, May 22, 2013

USA: two million federal workers strike

Low wage federal workers, making $12 per hour or less, amounting to two million people went on strike yesterday in the USA.

The slavish conditions of such abusive contracts are highlighted for example with this first-person narration:
“I can’t even afford to get an apartment or raise my daughter properly because of the money that I’m making,” said Jonathan Ross, one of the D.C. strikers. Ross works at the Constitution Café, a privately managed restaurant in the Smithsonian Institute’s American History Museum. He told MSNBC that after four years of being employed at the restaurant, he still makes only $9.71 an hour.
“For the four years I’ve been here, I’ve had a 10-cent raise, a 15-cent raise, and another 10-cent raise,” he said. While he doesn’t receive federal assistance in the form of food stamps or subsidized housing, he said he struggles to provide for his 15-year-old daughter, over whom he has sole custody.

Source and more details: Naked Capitalism.

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