Mary Dejevski Doesn’t Understand Market Forces…

She opines on the sandwich controversy:

… the Greencore Group, which is setting up the new sandwich-making factory in Northampton to serve Tesco, M&S and Sainbury’s, appears to have done everything by the book. It hung a large sign on the site of its new development inviting applications, and recruited 50 workers from a job fair in Corby, 20 miles away, where a sandwich factory had recently closed. It also justified its recruitment drive in Hungary not just by the shortage of local applications, but by the relatively low unemployment in Northampton and by the fact that, as the HR director said, sandwich-making was “not always the kind of work people have wanted to do”.

Well, no. But aren’t we supposed to take what we can get, rather than hold out for the managing director’s job (while being bankrolled by the poor bloody taxpayer)?

And yet, and yet … How much, I wonder, is Greencore proposing to pay its new recruits? Would it have had better luck attracting a largely homegrown workforce if it had offered a higher rate?

Maybe it would. But maybe it wouldn’t have found the contact viable and so wouldn’t have bid for it?

You do understand that businesses exist to make a profit for their shareholders, don’t you Mary, and not as a sinecure for the otherwise-unemployable children of the middle classes to practice ‘work’?

I mean, writing as you do exclusively for the left-wing press, it’d be understandable if that was your impression…

4 comments for “Mary Dejevski Doesn’t Understand Market Forces…

  1. Andrew S. Money
    November 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Running a low wage manufacturing business that deep in the London commuter belt and then wondering why you can’t pay them poverty ages is stupid. And it is manufacturing, in that selling them in supermarkets is where the service subsequently occurs.

    The fact that an identical business up the road has closed down is a pretty loud and clear signal that this location has something wrong with it, and is not an ideal place for this type of business to be located. Where does their laziness stop and your responsibility to your precious shareholders begin?

    “You do understand that businesses exist to make a profit for their shareholders, don’t you Mary, and not as a sinecure for the otherwise-unemployable children of the middle classes to practice ‘work’?”

    They also exist to make a profit for their workers…

    Assuming the article’s statistic about how far western european wages go in eastern europe, I would be quite happy to pack sandwiches, walk across the site to my place of work and sleep in a caravan for a few years if it was paying the equivalent of £24 an hour. (48K a year.) It doesn’t though…

    • November 30, 2014 at 7:03 am

      “They also exist to make a profit for their workers…”

      No they don;t. That’s an external nicety, not a raison d’etre of the business itself.

  2. Furor Teutonicus
    November 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    XX sandwich-making was “not always the kind of work people have wanted to do”. XX

    It is not a case of WANTING to do, it is a case of not being able to pay the rent/Mortgage, Gas, Electric, T.V licence, food shopping, etc whilst doing the job.

    WHEN they charge scumbag Hungarian prices for those “services” then people in Western Europe could afford to live on scumbag Hungarian/Polish/Latvian/Bulgarian/etc wages.

    Move to a four man caravan on the corner of some industrial estate, “hot bunking” with eight others, No Poll tax, probably NO tax at ALL, and getting two free meals a day, to say nothing of National insurance, pension fund, etc, then YOU could do it as well.

  3. November 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    But aren’t we supposed to take what we can get, rather than hold out for the managing director’s job

    There is a whole series of posts just in that.

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