The centralized state apparatus maintains and enforces anti-union laws because without them, the centralized state apparatus would not exist. It is illegal for workers from one workplace to cease production in solidarity with workers from another workplace. An unified labor strike cannot be allowed to happen over multiple workplaces in multiple industries because that would destabilize the capitalist mode of production and the capitalist state. Imagine teachers, fire fighters, sanitation workers, baby sitters, and other workers walking out together at the same time. The economy would stop. The government would not even be able to wage war if it wanted to. This is concept is the General Strike. If the economy shuts down, then the workers can restart it on their own terms under workers’ self-management, public control of the means production, and the abolition of capitalism.
Categories: Economics/Class Relations