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Low-wage employers and the left both support more immigration

Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh is complaining that he needs to import low-paid workers from other parts of the EU, and has described Irish workers as being “a bit lazy” because of the availability of PUP payments.

Much of the prosperity of the lower levels of the Irish economy thrive on the availability of low-paid workers.

In fact, corporate tech seems to be following an employment policy based on the assumption that Irish graduates are a bit too thick to work with computers and all, while the beef and burger barons whinge about the minimum wage and how that living ten to a room doesn’t bother lads from Moldova.

The reason for McDonagh’s enthusiasm for non-Irish workers is that he claims Irish people are too pampered by the Covid payments that were introduced when the state closed down the “hospitality” sector and won’t work for as little as he would like to pay them.

He does not, however, appear to have any problem with paying for the accommodation of imported low-wage employees until they get settled in. Perhaps if he raised his wages a bit then he could save himself that expense? Or if he does have genuine part-time hours then open them up with an increased wage to students who used to do such jobs.

Supermac’s supposed generosity to his staff also did not prevent him docking money from the wages of those who were charged for their lunch, even if they chose not to avail of his haute cuisine and decided to take the healthier homemade bread and dripping option instead.

On the other hand, the far-left agree with his labour force displacement policies but think that Supermacs ought to be run as a multi-cultural non-binary Soviet.

While the low-wage argument is just nothing more than wanting to make a few more bob for some employers, the left continues to push mass immigration which of course allows wages here be undercut by importing cheap labour.

Their mad reasoning seems to be that if you destroy a society in the interests of all of this, then it will eventually lead to a Glorious Uprising of the Black and Brown and White and Indigenous Proletariat and the sort of unbridled happiness once known to the burger-noshing burghers of Bucharest.

When McDonagh initially launched his campaign against the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in May last year- comparing it to being like ‘winning the lotto’ for some people – it was noteworthy that he was particularly intent on trying to persuade the state to not make payments to part-time staff. Are part-timers then in a position where they take up more shifts without having to give them proper full-time contracts?

Which is all very well and good, except that companies such as Supermacs are the very ones who have created the sort of economy where many people are working in jobs in sectors such as fast food, cleaning, bars and so on where they are permanently part-time through no fault of their own.

They often find themselves in situations where they may not know from one day to the next what days they are working in one week, nor indeed how many hours they will be working. This, of course, greatly impacts on people’s ability to meet day to day living expenses, not to mention having a proper family life. The only reason many such employers favour these conditions is that it saves them from the marginal expenses which they would incur if what are, in reality, full time jobs were recognised as such contractually.

I was discussing recently with Peter Ryan the failure of the revolutionary Dáil to create the basis for a viable, independent economy. One of the symbols of this was that when Dáil Éireann launched a bond in order to finance the development of the Republic that the overwhelming number of subscribers to it and the Sinn Féin Bank were people with modest incomes and Irish Americans.

Those with money in the Irish banks – and they included not only those whose politics were unionist – almost to a man refused to have anything to do with this. After the Free State was established, following the Treaty that was signed this month a century ago, they continued what basically amounted to a capital strike even against limited independence.

And for all of their public piety, the Irish bourgeoisie looked with scorn upon the Catholic social teaching that had formed the basis of the economic and political philosophy of the majority of the leaders of the revolution – and which was hugely popular among most Irish Catholics.

This was based on the Papal encyclical of Leo XIII which rejected state socialism, but also the amorality of capitalism whose only value was profit. In Rerum Novarum, Leo referred to how the unbridled “free market” had led to a situation “where working men have been surrendered, isolated and helpless, to the hardheartedness of employers and the greed of unchecked competition.”

Kevin Boland, the former Fianna Fáil minister, who spent much of his life as a nationalist dissident, once wrote that the patriotism of the Irish bourgeoisie seldom went beyond wanting to breed the winner of the Epsom Derby or the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Their sights, if one were to judge by the Burger and Meat Factory Bosses, have if anything since been lowered. And the left are too busy with woke issues to really give much time to the plight of low-paid workers.

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