Thursday, Jun 22, 2006

Asda workers to strike

SKY News: 'Empty Shelves In Days'

Asda supermarket workers are to stage a five-day strike from June 30 in a dispute over pay. Unions say the strike will lead to empty shelves in stores within days. Thousands of workers at the supermarket voted to take industrial action over pay and conditions.

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1. talking rot said...

It is said all civilisations are 3 meals away from social unrest and collaspe. Lucky there are more supermarkets then Asda then.

Friday, June 23, 2006 08:59AM Report Comment
 

2. uncle tom said...

The nation's food chain is extremely vulnerable to disruption - the average home has only a few days supply, the average supermarket even less, and the supply chains have become heavily dependant on supplies from far flung corners of the globe.

No-one can say what crises will occur in the future, but much as one insures one's house against events you hope will never occur, so it makes sense to set aside some very basic tinned foods and bottled water against possible future emergencies.

An emergency 'ration pack' to sustain one person for one month - which can be stuffed in the attic and pretty much forgotton about - will set you back around 40.

To my mind, that's a sensible and very affordable precaution.

Friday, June 23, 2006 09:29AM Report Comment
 

3. Paul said...

Wage inflation is like a coiled spring at the moment - right across the public and private sectors.

Friday, June 23, 2006 10:23AM Report Comment
 

4. tyrellcorporation said...

More so in the public sector where it's all unionised to the eyeballs. Visiting your line manager at a UK call centre and asking for a rise would be a very brave/foolish thing to do. Wages in real terms for the public sector are now 17% higher than in the private sector. My question to everyone, 'why get paid less for shouldering more risk and having far less security and little or no pension?'

The Ottoman empire ultimatley collapsed because the public sector became too attactive and everyone wanted to shuffle paper for the state rather than do a proper job which generates wealth. Gordon Brown is taking us down the same path...

Friday, June 23, 2006 12:14PM Report Comment
 

5. Sloth said...

tyrellcorporation,

I call it the extortion funded sector. Very rarely do they do anything for the people that are forced on pain of prison to pay their wages.

Friday, June 23, 2006 01:09PM Report Comment
 

6. inbreda said...

I hope it brings Asda down, and causes serious pain to their refuse-to-recognise-unions parents Wal Mart. Unfortunately that would hurt a lot of innocent employees though.

Suppressing valid wage inflation by, in part, refusing to recognise unions, is criminal. It's another way of fiddling the figures.

Friday, June 23, 2006 06:49PM Report Comment
 

7. bidin'matime said...

Tom - everyone laughed when I did that in preparation for the millenium bug - they still laugh about it now!

Friday, June 23, 2006 08:15PM Report Comment
 

8. Philmills said...

Sloth/Tyrell, you have hit the nail on the head.

If I dont pay my VAT on my time, I get fined. If I pay my VAT on time but calculate it wrong I get fined.

Today I received a questionaire from the DTI, asking stupid questions about the construction industry, if I dont reply in the time specified I get fined.

Two of my engineers strayed into the congestion charging zone (yes they could of told me sooner), I tried to pay it the day after, but it was too late, so we got fined.

I firmly believe that I operate my business to collect taxes for the government first, then to pay all of the fines levied by the government second, and if i'm lucky I might make some money.

Last one out close the door! Thats how I certainly feel.

Friday, June 23, 2006 08:28PM Report Comment
 

9. bidin'matime said...

And Bliar wants to introduce more 'summary justice' - for which read on the spot fines for challenging anyone in 'authority'...

Friday, June 23, 2006 10:19PM Report Comment
 

10. Ticktock said...

Here here inbreda.

In a way, it could (and should) be argued that at least part of the reason that HPC has been delayed, is due to chronic Trade Union weakness in the face of crippling legislation.

Unions are failing to gain wage increases keeping CPI (and thus short interest rates) down.

Those hoping for a return to economic sanity (and a resulting HPC) need to support the Unions in these struggles.

Saturday, June 24, 2006 06:14PM Report Comment
 

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