It’s Time To Stop Victimising Employees

Over the last few years there have been a number of media reports about financial bonuses and huge profits being paid out to a select few.

In this same timeframe, there has been a rush to the bottom for contract and gig economy workers.  Many of whom have no job security and can struggle to manage minimum wage.

With the sea change in working conditions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have realised that working from home may be a permanent option. 

The current Cost of Living Crisis with rising inflation, supply chain issues and soaring fuel costs has made many people question whether it will be economically viable for them to return to their previous working conditions.

The official UK Government Minimum Wage may have been sustainable in years gone by.  Today however with increases in interest rates, inflation, fuel, energy costs etc, such a low income is no longer enough to pay the bills, never mind food and clothing.

As people realise that they are suffering negative equity in their pay packet some have turned to Trade Unions for help.

Unsurprisingly, the UK media, most of which is ultimately owned by mega rich dividend beneficiaries, have turned on any hint of industrial action.  Blaming the unions and their members for spoiling holidays, travel plans etc. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if they turned that same venom on the CEOs who are paid millions per year, whilst outsourcing as much work in their companies as possible to contract staff on minimum wage?

When companies are bought over not by other companies with the same interests but by private equity firms, there is no interest in sustaining the brand.  Their interest is only in getting as much money out for shareholders as is possible. Very often this is achieved by reducing staffing levels, outsourcing as much as possible to contractors and disposing of assets.  

It beggars belief that this is seen as perfectly acceptable yet using industrial action to try and obtain a fair wage in line with inflation is demonised. 

For years we have been led to believe that anyone who is struggling should work more or spend less.  Having seen the dreadful treatment of our NHS staff after their stellar Covid-19 efforts and the continuing profiteering from the UK Government “Friends and Family” groups, we know this is not true. 

It is time we took back our self respect and held out for what we are worth, rather than accept the insulting offers from those looking to profit from the fruits of our labour.

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