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Striking Proletariat on “over €140,000 per annum”

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Ryanair has welcomed the 24-hour strike notice served by air traffic controllers for Thursday February 28 saying the IAA, airlines, and passengers should stand up to “overpaid public service workers”.

The air traffic controllers who, according to the airline, earn over €140,000 a year are pursuing a reduction in their “already low hours” (34.7 hours per week) and a 15% pay increase just to volunteer for overtime as well as an overtime rate of €1,200 per day (€150 per hour).

According to an Impact spokesman, the above figures are “speculative“.


Written by Graham

February 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm

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  1. It’s probably not a safe assumption – but assuming those figures are correct,- I don’t think the wages one earns ( or can bargain) is a definition of the class you are a ‘member’ off. As mentioned recently on a post on dublinopinion In Defence of Consumerism: The Dubliner’s Opinion — in particular Michael Zweig’s definition. (1) I think power, and authority (as opposed to your current consumption credits), is a more appropriate definition.

    (1) (feel free to remove this comment if it’s overly long)

    “Because if Robert had read all of Conor’s posts on the Working Class he would have come across quotations from Michael Zweig, an American scholar who has written extensively about class in the US.

    Michael Zweig defines class in the following way:

    “I define classes in large part based on the power and authority people have at work. The workplace engages people in more than their immediate work, by which they create goods and services. It also engages them in relationships with each other, relationships that are controlled by power. A relative handful of people have great power to organize and direct production, while a much larger number have almost no authority.

    [Working class people] are skilled and unskilled, in manufacturing and in services, men and women of all races, nationalities, religions. They drive trucks, write routine computer code, operate machinery, wait tables, sort and deliver the mail, work on assembly lines, stand all day as bank tellers, perform thousands of jobs in every sector of the economy. For all their differences, working class people share a common place in production, where they have relatively little control over the pace or content of their work, and aren’t anybody’s boss.”

    So, its about power. How much you have or rather how little you have within the circumstances of your employment dictates what class you are a part of, not by your ability to consume.”


    February 21, 2008 at 6:54 pm

  2. Comment fixed!

    I would agree that within the Marxist paradigm, it makes sense to describe anyone who receive wages or salaries but who does not contribute to higher decision-making within the workplace as being a member of the proletariat.

    I just think it’s worth noting that being a member of the proletariat never stopped anyone from being able to afford shopping holidays in New York or investment properties in Bulgaria.


    February 21, 2008 at 7:40 pm

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