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Public ownership is no solution

Posted by: Julia Pike ( UK ) on June 19, 1997 at 21:56:19:

In Reply to: Those with the money sway the law posted by John Gillman on June 19, 1997 at 20:43:43:

> The only solution is the public ownership of the big fast food
> companies under workers control with a minimum wage of 6 an hour.

That is the most stupid thing I have heard all day (and I include the Evening Standard report on the verdict).

The 'problem' goes far beyond McDonald's pay rates or working conditions. It is the exploitation of people, animals and the environment in the pursuit of profits. Public ownership of a major fast food chain would not stop the beef industry being a major cause of environmental destruction and pollution; it would not prevent local community businesses being pushed out; it would not change the inherently unhealthy nature of the food.




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