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Shop workers need a fighting trade union leadership
The Morrisons I work in dragged almost the entire workforce in over the Christmas period to do extra shifts to capitalise on higher sales. Now my shop, and the others in the area, have decided to repay the workforce by cutting back on hours. Of course, there are usually cutbacks on temporary staff that are taken on for Christmas, but this is much more.
In the name of saving money (or in reality keeping up the bosses' profits), staff have had their hours cut temporarily with some losing 24 hours of work per week! Others have been moved from working on Sundays, for which we get paid time and a half, to other days of the week.
Although a small proportion of the staff are affected directly, it will affect everyone indirectly as we'll all be expected to pick up the slack. It's another story of workers who have mortgages and rents to pay, suffering for the effects of the capitalist economic crisis.
Shop workers need a fighting trade union to represent them and fight for better conditions, and that's why I'd urge all Usdaw members to vote for Robbie Segal in the upcoming elections.
A Morrisons worker
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