No, Love, We Aren’t Going To Pay Them More Than Their Hire Is Worth…

Union shill Nadine Houghton on the ‘plight’ of hospital cleaners:

These wonderful, inspiring, strong women, predominantly black and minority ethnic, who come to work every day for a multibillion-dollar American multinational corporation called Aramark, are paid a poverty wage. They are told which wards to work on, where to go and what to do. On a daily basis at work, it is not these women that have the power.

Hmmm, I’m told what to work on, where to go and what to do. I must be disadvantaged! I always thought it was just part of ‘having a job’…

But the balance has shifted. The sense of power that these women – indeed all of us – experienced on the picket line is tangible. The scales have tipped in favour of the workers. All because they have organised into a union, the GMB. They have grown in confidence, their consciousness has been raised, their heads are high, and they have done the most powerful thing a group of organised workers can do: they have withdrawn their labour.

Which, given that they are non-skilled workers, is always a bit of a risk. What if the company simply hires replacements from all those immigrants we are told do ‘vital low skilled work’?

Aramark relies on the justification that it pays the workers competitive rates in line with the market and claims it has made a fair and comprehensive offer. Since when did we allow someone’s standard of living to be dictated by the market.

We don’t. We allow someone’s standard of living to be determined by their earning power.

These women do a job you could train a chimp to do, and there’s lots of them.

If we can ever program a Roomba to cope with stairs, like a Dalek, they’ll be no longer needed at all.

Today these women won, even if only for 24 hours. But I have no doubt that after today their determination and solidarity will drive them on to win something that every worker should be entitled to: a wage they can live on and a sick pay scheme that doesn’t force them into poverty every time they are ill.

The struggle of these women is a struggle for all of us that want a fairer society.

I don’t consider a ‘fairer society’ to be one in which people are paid over the odds to do a role that isn’t worth the money shelled out simply because some SJW has decided that they ought to be.

6 comments for “No, Love, We Aren’t Going To Pay Them More Than Their Hire Is Worth…

  1. The Stigler
    April 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Sorry, what did they win? Seems to me they spent a day out in the cold, not getting paid.

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:34 am


  2. Errol
    April 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Why do the Left insist on living in their demented world? It doesn’t work. We know this, history proves it yet they persist on their insanity. All unions do is put people out of work, hike welfare and tax costs and leave nothing behind while they swan about collecting the next bunch of subs.

    • john in cheshire
      April 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Errol – “Why do the Left insist on living in their demented world?” I think it’s because normal people, of which I include myself, do nothing to stop them. We’re either too busy managing our own lives to pay too much attention to what these people are doing, or we just shrug our shoulders and dismiss each ludicrous act or statements with such anodyne words as ‘nanny state’, or ‘PC’, or ‘these people are just stupid’ and so forth. How to get the likes of me to get off our backsides and take on the collectivists is something I cannot answer because it’s not who we are. If we were, we’d be a member of the collective. Trying to get individuals together to act is like herding cats and the only way to do it with humans is to have either a cause that a large number of normal people can personalise, or a dictatorship. The armed forces only work because the troops are dictated to, for example.

      • Hereward Unbowed.
        April 3, 2016 at 1:43 am

        “The armed forces only work because the troops are dictated to, for example.”

        Indeed John, indeed.

        Having been able to watch some of these ‘wonderful workers’ and visiting hospitals on a pretty regular basis because many of my relatives are getting on a bit – these cleaners are on something……. and like my old Da used to say, “if they went any slower, they’d be exhibiting the early signs of rigor”.

        The army instills discipline, it is vital for troops to know what to do and when, in a war theatre: only blind obedience can save their lives.

        Whereas, in other theatres………….

        The trouble is, equality legislation, and tea ladies in top jobs, COMMON PURPOSE ala unionised ranks, the NHS commitment to allowing ethnic workers to please themselves and poor care; has precipitated untold deaths from unhygienic practises and thus secondary infections (ref North Staffs, Mid Kent and a host of others) – wards and hospitals to be places where infections and germs can gather and fester.

        AI efficiency – great! Even, a modicum of human intelligence and more COMPASSION – would be more than welcome, starting at the Top -> down.

        • April 10, 2016 at 6:35 am

          Some of them still seem to be on African time…

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