Workers-Collectives; the future of socialism

The best hope for socialism in the United States of America. Why? Because it is a non-violent form of revolution that will allow the workers to seize the means of production. What would seizing the means of productions for the worker? Well it would at the very least mean that you as the worker would own the corporation and be responbile for all decisons made. In my model, all workers would equally share in the profits of this corporation, however, this is more of a base rate. It would be established in each factory what the average number of units produced or some other measurement. If a worker produced more than this then they would receive more than the the base rate. A worker who produce less then the average would receive less than the base rate. Thus workers who are more productive will earn more money. The ideal in this system would have no ” management”. However, some upper level staff may exist, but they would still be required to produce some good, or provide some service, and would only be payed marginally more than other workers. This a small taste of what socialism can be for working Americans, and workers of the world.

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5 Responses to Workers-Collectives; the future of socialism

  1. Thomas says:

    You are only talking about manufacturing, the majority of American jobs are not in that sector anymore. Also, pay based on production would not work, because there is only so much demand for a given product. So profitable factories do not stock materials for more then they need to manufacture. Manufacturing more does not create more demand for what is being manufactured,

  2. amsocialist says:

    I understand that we have lost a great deal of manufacturing jobs, I think something like this might actually help to bring osme of them back. But the model for compensation to works just fine, for manufactuing and service sector jobs. Retail, except for commission based services, it would be harder to use such a model. In Manufacturing job pay would be based on number of units produced (and quality as well, if they weren’t quality, no point in paying you), for service sector jobs, a similar metric could be devised, except that it would measure the number of services offered and the quality of those services. Now some problem might arise, because customers would have to rate the quality of the service which they are provided, subjective though that may be, if you can’t please the customers, you aren’t all that effective at providing services are you?

    Now where woulo the money come from? I’m happy to debate this, becasue I myself am unsure of the best option. I give you an example of what I believe this might look like now. There is a small manufacturing company, it produces steel, aluminum, and copper piping and tubing, according to SBA standards it is onsidered a small business. This year it made 65,000,000 in revenue this year and it has 30 workers. 10,000,000 of the revenue went to pay for utilities. 5,000,000 went for insurance, 5,000,000 for materials, 4,000,000 milion in state and loca taxes, 2,000,000 in contributions to the pension fund, 2,000,000 to the growth fund (since this corporation is not allowed to have any investors, is allows must save money and invest it to have the funds to expand). Point is it comes out that there is 10,000,000 in profit, a thnth pf that profit will be witheld. Then the 9,000,000 dollars will be partitioned amongst the workers, workers who perfrom well will recieve above the base rate with payments from this witheld 1,000,000 dollars, workers who do not perform well, may be given pay cuts. So that no productive effort is wasted, if they did recieve a pay cut, their lost pay would instead go into the growth or pension fund.

    OR

    Their wages could all be set at a moderate level and factored into expenses, then at the end of the quarter or year, they would recieve their share of the profits according their perform, handing them out in a way like dividends.
    These are the two way I think it could be done best, but if you any ideas I would love to hear them, I’m not sure that these are the BEST methods of compensation in a workers collective.

    And demand wouldn’t be a problem, the factory would still have quotas as they do now which are based on market forces, demand. Under this system it would only reward workers to meet these demands more quickly, while still preventing them from being exploited by capitalists.

  3. Thomas says:

    So in your system would only manufacturing jobs function as a workers collective?

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