May 1, 2017
Monday, May 1st, 2017, will be an unprecedented act of Global Unity demanding that all full-time workers are paid a Living Wage by means of a global general strike, which transcends borders and all other divides between fellow workers.
This unprecedented global strike demanding that all workers’ minimum wage not be less than a Living Wage is an open event and is dependent upon people like you to invite not just your coworkers but also your friends and followers to collectively stand together in solidarity to end this unjustifiable inhumane suffering and exploitation.
This act of Global Unity to improve the quality of life for billions of people will be an event held at your place of employment. You and your coworkers can determine which type of strike is best-suited for the workers and your place of employment (sick-ins, picketing, good work strike, etc.). A link providing further information on How to Go on Strike is provided at the bottom of this page.
“If the workers are organized, all they have to do is to put their hands in their pockets and they have got the capitalist class whipped.”
International corporations are traveling to the most remote corners of the world to find nations with the least (if any) human and workers’ rights laws to prevent any interference in their exploitations of workers in order to ensure the greatest amount of profits/dividends for their shareholders by paying workers the least amount of money in unsafe workplaces.
The workers of the world must unite if we’re ever to stop these perpetual assaults on humanity.
Workers often have to provide not just for themselves but for children, elderly, or others who are physically unable to work. When these workers make less then a Living Wage it no longer affects just that worker but the entire household, transforming an act of worker exploitation into an act that’s oppressing humanity.
In order for exploited workers who are making less than a Living Wage to rise up and live a dignified life without fear of becoming homeless, not knowing when their next meal will be, keeping themselves clothed, having the utilities shut off, or even resorting to crime to make ends meet, then all workers (white collar, blue collar, well-paid, poor) must stand together in solidarity.
This is not just a humanely selfless act. When workers are paid less than a Living Wage they are forced to swallow whatever pride they might have and apply/plead for government financial assistance, which results in increased taxes for all workers. When employers actually pay their employees a Living Wage they no longer have to ask for financial assistance, thus decreasing all workers’ taxes, increasing their disposable income, increasing sales within their communities, and stimulating the economy.
When overseas workers are paid less than a Living Wage it undercuts the market for the rest of the world which results in other companies having to either cut their workers’ pay, also “outsource” overseas (resulting in jobs lost locally), or go out of business (resulting in jobs lost locally). This results in the companies that exploit workers the most to be the most lucrative, thus increasing their stock value for Shareholders like that of Apple who “outsources” their manufacturing to China at a company that has suicide nets to prevent further suicides by workers that choose death over their inhumane working conditions.
“United we bargain, divided we beg.”
A Living Wage varies from city to city and county to county; however, when the international minimum wage is a Living Wage it will greatly level the playing field for businesses while simultaneously decreasing the amount of human suffering and human exploitation by an unprecedented amount.
The Living Wage is calculated by first calculating the basic needs budget.
Basic needs budget = Food cost + child care cost + (insurance premiums + health care costs) + housing cost + transportation cost + other necessities cost
Then the tax values are applied to the basic needs budget to calculate a living wage as follows:
Living wage = Basic needs budget + (basic needs budget * (taxes))
At the bottom of this page is Living Wage Calculator that provides more in depth information along with cities and counties for all 50 states in the U.S.; however, you can calculate the Living Wage for any city and/or county in the world as long you can provide the cost for food, child care, health, housing, other necessities, and tax values.
We also invite you to join the Facebook group May Day General Strike (link provided below) to discuss any ideas and questions you might have, and we encourage you and others to create local May Day General Strike groups (your workplace, town, community) to help organize within your communities.
“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
Currently the 48 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the bottom 3 billion people. Meanwhile, an estimated 21,000 die daily from hunger and hunger-related causes.
This unprecedented global strike on May Day (May 1st 2017) might not fix everything, but if it’s successful then it could greatly improve the quality of life for billions of people and save countless lives.
I hope you decide to stand and join us for this historical event.
May Day General Strike (FB group)
May Day General Strike (FB page)
Living Wage Calculator
How to Go on Strike