Not a matter of right and wrong patslatt - and here was me thinking you might be smart enough to understand this.WURKERS
They are always right and bosses always wrong in your Marxist/Trotskyist mind.
This is about class interests - on one side you have the bosses whose objective is to maximise profit and marketshare - on the other side are workers who must sell their labour power to the bosses to survive. It is in the bosses interest to force down wages and working conditions as much as possible to maximise profit and market share - the boss cannot help themselves, under capitalism it is an economic imperative. It is in the workers interest to maximise wages and improve working conditions, under capitalism that is an economic imperative. This is the essence of the class struggle under capitalism and never the twain shall meet.
The reason why socialists oppose capitalism is because it is a system that operates in the interests of one social class - the bosses - and a system of conflict that wastes resources to an enormous degree. The reason why socialists campaign for a democratically planned socialised economy is because such an economy would eliminate class conflict and eliminate the waste of resources, with society operating in the interest of all of the population of the planet, not just the 1%.
This pandemic is a demonstration of the nature of capitalism - globalised capitalism that is engaged in the destruction of the planet's environment, global agribusiness destroying wildlife habitats that contain numerous amounts of viruses and bacteria, that create superbugs, etc. Since the globalisation of agribusiness and the mass destruction of environmental habitats over the past 40 years we have seen the emergence of more than 1,400 human pathogens, more than in all previous human history. Coupled with that you have the dismantling and the privatisation of the welfare state health systems in Europe and the treatment of healthcare as a commodity - further compounding the problem.
The approach of ruling class is demosntrated in the USA - $50billion as support for fighting the coronavirus - $1.5trillion in a failed attempt to stop a collapse in the stock market. The reason why the virus has spread so rapidly is because the bosses want to keep their revenue streams open - they don't and didn't want to shut down profitable businesses (and there are ample examples of this in Ireland). It is only since yesterday, and after a strike wave by workers, that the Italian government has finally shut down workplaces to try and contain the spread of the virus that is now out of control. The UK and the USA are going to be hardest hit in this pandemic because of the approach of Johnson and Trump. Ireland is not immune - there are still countless businesses operating without proper social distancing and proper health procedures in place - and these should be shut immediately. The post office has just announced staggered working hours for their staff to create proper social distancing - three weeks later than it should have happened - and it only happened after a strike by post office workers in D15 last week that threatened to spread countrywide. On top of that - the ruling elites are now imposing draconian legislation - increasing police powers - potentially banning all kinds of dissent - and in Ireland they can continue to do this for the rest of the year. The exploitation and abuse of power by the ruling elites is gobsmacking - but their attitude is - never waste a crisis to impose dictatorial powers.