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Video debate: French fight attack on their Industrial Laws

In this riveting Press TV video-debate, Gearóid Ó Colmáin, a political analyst and journalist from Paris, and Sean O'Grady, a finance editor with The Independent from London, discuss France's nationwide demonstrations against the government's controversial changes to labor laws. These 'reforms' are really an attempt by the EU to disorganise democracy in France and impose the savage capitalism of the Anglophone countries, Britain, the United States, and Australia. Gearóid Ó Colmáin is amazingly on the ball and candid on the disorganising purpose of mass immigration. O'Grady typifies the globaliser rhetoric. One thing not mentioned by Gearóid here is that the very high land and housing prices in the Anglophone system (a) drive wages up because people have to pay rent (b) drive up the cost of everything else (c) increase base-costs for business (d) erode profit margin. It isn't the workers who use up the profits; it is the property speculators who rely on continuous increase in demand through mass immigration. Listening to O'Grady's 'case' one has to wonder whether he actually believes what he is saying, in which case, does he go round with his eyes shut? This Video first published on PressTV, Iran, http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/05/20/466608/Massive-antireform-labor-protests-France

"France’s labour regulations have famously been symbolised by the labour code, a weighty 4 thousand page treatise. But the government now wants to loosen a number of rules. By proposing controversial reforms, the French government aims to curb the country's unemployment rate. But at what cost? These reforms will give employers more scope to lay off workers and cut costs and make it easier to fire workers on economic grounds when companies run into difficulties. Protests against the controversial labor reforms have exploded all over France. With just over a year to go until France’s 2017 presidential election, President Hollande is making a final attempt to cement his place in French history, be it of notoriety with these controversial reforms." (Press TV, Iran). This Video first published on PressTV, Iran, http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/05/20/466608/Massive-antireform-labor-protests-France

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"(c) increase base-costs for business" - not just indirectly, through higher wages, but also directly as higher real-estate values lead to higher rents for businesses, which affects small businesses with low revenues particularly, this redirection of money to the FIRE sector, leaves less money for businesses to invest in equipment and labour, thus meaning less jobs and less productive capacity than would otherwise have. In fact, the high costs of rent probably prevent many otherwise viable enterprises from even getting started, and many that do struggle (e.g. how many coffees does a cafe have to sell before it has even paid rent? let alone wages etc).

I notice that O'Grady uses that old line of thousands of Asians etc, being lifted out of poverty - but he does not identify his measures of poverty nor the costs. If you measure wealth by US dollars (or equivalent earned), the ability to own an iphone etc, then maybe they seem richer - but the cost? They are no-longer self-sufficient farmers etc, but rather thrown into the 'competition' for jobs with uncertain security - and also the environmental and health problems (look at China, the pollution etc - their children already have serious health problems from this).

The trouble is that these populations buy into this propaganda. Gearóid is right to attack the media as selling these messages of wealth and prosperity, which really means wealth and prosperity for a few and destruction for most others, if not now then in the short-term future. A friend of mine who went to help people in Haiti noticed this effect, people there seemed only to want 'new economy' jobs - working behind computers etc - he noticed the same thing in Afganistan, people leaving their traditional occupations and farming to go and work in the cities - which is enabled there due to the distorting effects of the 'war economy' there. But back to Haiti, the problem there seems to be that being a simple farmer or similar is seen as low status, so people turn away from that (facilitated by US provided rice supplies) and do not even consider these options, prefering to do nothing, and desperately seeking more education which they presume will get them these jobs (although they are not even there for the educated). I guess this is an effect of Western TV etc presenting a glorified view of Western life - flashy cars, slick houses etc, leaving aside the problems of loneliness, suicides, homelessness, job insecurity and anxiety not to mention the unsustainability of the entire materialist system.

Press Release
Susan Jakobi To Contest ‘Lalor’ In Federal Election For
Australia First Party
May 28
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The Australia First Party has nominated Susan Jakobi for the seat of Lalor in
the Federal poll.

The party sees the issue of the China city set for Werribee as the core issue
for all Australians in the electorate. It is an issue that embraces every
aspect Australia’s mad rush to globalisation with its free trade, cheap
labour and inevitable Chinese takeover.

Susan said:

“I regard the planned Educity at Werribee as a case of ‘educate your
masters’. When the (mainly) Chinese students graduate, many will become
immigrants and become an ethnic slice of Australia’s managerial elite. The
city will be a vast parasite upon the Australian landscape. This $30bn
Chinese-backed plan for a hi-tech city of 80,000 residents will drain
resources away into the so-called global economy. I believe it will be linked
to an upgraded Avalon Airport and a new rail system that will link it to
other Chinese acquisitions. This is a type of colonisation.”

The China city is just another day in globo-land and it is being pushed upon
Victoria by the wealthy and well connected from local government to building
companies, from politicians to the multinationals and international banks.

Susan added:

“Will the Labor connected unions green ban it or black ban it? Will they
fight for jobs? Will the Education Union oppose it? We doubt all that.
Rather a union like the CFMEU will still be arguing with Australia First
Party as to whether the Eureka Flag is a symbol of the multicultural cuckoo
land or the flag of Australianism and our working people!

Susan Jakobi, 47, is a mother of three and a vineyards worker. She is an
organizer for Australia First in Victoria. Although she no longer lives in
the electorate, in view of issues involved, she says “this is of scant account.”

Susan concluded:

“In saying No China City in Werribee. I am standing up for an Australia where
the wealth and the resources, where the political power and the heritage of
the land is in the hands of the Australian People alone. That’s why I joined
Australia First.”

The party’s campaign is underway.

National Contact Line: 02 8587 0014
Susan: 0408 670 239

“I regard the planned Educity at Werribee as a case of ‘educate your
masters’. When the (mainly) Chinese students graduate, many will become
immigrants and become an ethnic slice of Australia’s managerial elite. " If our universities weren't starved on money, and have to become an international resource and business operation, then we could have more Australians studying at universities. As it is, it's become grabbed by international students, as a step towards jobs and life in Australia.
The number of colleges and universities in China has doubled in the last decade to 2,409. The country’s current five-year plan, which extends to 2015, focuses on many development priorities that are appealing to western college graduates. And many Chinese universities are focusing on developing technologies that increase competitiveness with the West. According to the nation’s Ministry of Education, some 377,000 international students were studying in China in 2014, while over 9 million students took the national university entrance examination, making China home to one of the largest education systems in the world. Why study here then, unless it's a long term plan to be a resident in Australia.

Also O'Grady says that workers in other countries should be entitled to the same conditions (good or bad) as workers in western countries. So we are expected to believe that an economic system that for two centuries or more has been based on exploitation, dispossession, lawlessness, and fiece battles against labour, is now concerned about, and serving the interests of, the poor in third-world countries? And that its supporters (O'grady included) are similarly deeply concerned about the rights of third world workers, and that O'Grady and his like are really working hard to look after the interests of poor Asians and Africans rather than their own selfish interests?