I know – comparisons to the USSR may seem trite. But as I was reading this article about taxpayer-funded battery maker, LG Chem, I felt a shiver. According to employees, they’re not… actually… working.
Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies.
They say it’s been going on for months.
“There would be up to 40 of us that would just sit in there during the day,” said former LG Chem employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May.
Substitute playing chess and drinking vodka for playing cards and board games, and you’ve got a pretty good picture of life in a Soviet company, where productivity was completely divorced from compensation or, indeed, employment. After all, when you’re getting big fistfuls of cash from the government to make things go, the incentive to make an actual profit declines. So why ask employees to actually work? How boring and bourgeoisie!