Originally Posted by PPAR
The idea of "the iron hand of state" solving economic problems is really the polar opposite of a socialistic (aka Communist) approach.
Ehh, not really BOTH of those are state controlled. The opposite to either of those is true free market capitalism where employers and employees are free to do whatever they want. A car or airline company decides to hire people "not" in the union, they do it. They decide the union is being too greedy and running wages too high such that the company is going to go under? They start hiring people outside of the union. They tell the union workers they can no longer afford to pay them what they are paying them, they can take a reduction in pay to more of a global standard and if they don't like that then they are welcome to quit. The union whines, they vote to go on strike? OK, you don't want to come to work anymore? You are all fired, tomorrow there will be new job postings and you are all being replaced. If you want to reapply for your old job do so but understand it will be a contract between the company and you, not the union.
Unions were VERY important once upon a time. That time is long since past and now they are going to be the doom of alot of industry in western society due to the global market and the fact that unionized industries simply cannot compete with overseas industries. Sorry but screwing in a widget on a car assembly line is not $70/hr work.