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I work at a Wetherspoons in grim conditions – and Tim Martin’s clueless Brexit bleating is driving me mad | The Independent
It is nothing short of perverse that it’s the organisation’s bar associates – the lowest-paid and most migrant-heavy layer of the workforce – who are responsible for distributing Martin’s politics in pubs up and down the country. Through content in the magazine, on leaflets and even on beer mats, we are essentially instructed to propagandise for a policy that promises to make our livelihoods more precarious.

Brexit has always been driven by the central xenophobic lie that blames the decline of living standards on foreign workers. Yet when you contrast the extreme wealth of Wetherspoon’s shareholders with what I see as poverty wages granted to all its employees, it’s all too clear in my mind that it’s not migrants who drive down wages, it’s exploitative bosses.
UK  Brexit  Wetherspoons  MartinTim  pay  wages  conditions  propaganda  Leave  migrants  rights  freedomOfMovement  exploitation 
12 weeks ago by petej
Brexit will hurt low-paid workers. Freedom of movement is not the problem | Jason Moyer-Lee | Opinion | The Guardian
If the question is how to deal with labour exploitation, the answer lies in improved and enforced employment rights, and a unionisation strategy based on uniting workers, vigorous campaigning and effective collective bargaining. If you don’t believe me, just ask Alex.
UK  work  labour  exploitation  employment  jobs  pay  wages  conditions  precarity  rights  IWGB  freedomOfMovement  tradeUnions  MayTheresa  ToryParty 
december 2018 by petej
Fire in neo-liberal London | openDemocracy
Instead, there is the never-ending mantra of excellence, leadership, and ‘payment by results.’ We can now see those results all around us. They look like the burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower.
GrenfellTower  socialHousing  migration  race  services  jobs  work  labour  housing  conditions  safety  inequality  neoliberalism  London  UK 
july 2017 by petej
Resilience, loyalty, and thriving – Angela Fixes Things
In such cases, isn’t resilience useful? That depends. Resilience by definition is the rate of return to the status-before-crisis. In a toxic work environment the end game of resilience is the worker producing more labor even under unfair or intolerable conditions. Resilience does not hold those responsible for the creations of such environments to account. I do not see resilience as a useful individual response to a bad work environment. Self-care (the saying no kind not the mani-pedi variety, not that there’s anything wrong with hitting the salon or doing things that make you feel better), as distinct from resilience can bulwark library workers in poor situations until they find other jobs.
resilience  employment  jobs  work  labour  conditions  libraries 
march 2017 by petej
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