View Full Version : The dump, the prince and the union.

12-30-2012, 06:28 AM
I'm watching a documentary on dump pickers in Brazil, a more interesting lot than you might think.
But one was unbelievable. Somewhere in Rio De Janeiro someone discarded a copy of Machiavelli's The Prince. A dump picker found it soaking wet, dried it out and read it. He said it was like the present day with all the drug gangs and their 'princes'. As a result of his reading he started a union, an association of dump workers to get the best prices they could from the buyers.
I like that progression. And it reminds us why unions came about in the first place, and why you should not be too quick to dismiss their role in wages, safety and employment justice.

David W Pratt
12-30-2012, 03:51 PM
If they are supplying goods isn't it a "cartel"?

12-30-2012, 05:25 PM
I saw that too Jeff, the documentary maker was a decent bloke too.

12-30-2012, 07:16 PM
If they are supplying goods isn't it a "cartel"?
Technically you are correct. Keep in mind that the word does not necessarily denote a bad thing.
Also- A cartel can also be a union.