Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1144/32906

From The Socialist newspaper, 11 August 2021

A day in the life of a young hospitality worker

Beer, Paul Joseph/CC, photo Paul Joseph/CC

Beer, Paul Joseph/CC, photo Paul Joseph/CC   (Click to enlarge)

I like my job, the people I meet and the service we provide, but why should we accept exploitation and insecurity each shift? Hospitality bosses make enough money, the industry generates more than 75 billion a year.

Hospitality workers are mainly students and young people - most aren't in a trade union or know much about them. Bosses take advantage of this.

When it gets quiet, we get sent home early, without pay. Officially, we are allowed to say 'no'. But in a non-unionised workplace, with several managers on your back demanding you go home, what are we supposed to do?

Sometimes our holiday days are used, without permission, to get our pay to what we would normally get from our 'guaranteed minimum hours'. This means we get even less holiday of our own choosing.

The rota can change just days before our shift, wrecking plans previously made with friends or family.

It's always a struggle to try to get the shift covered or swapped. And, of course, it depends on the temperament of the manager. If they're in a bad mood, or simply don't care, then no chance.

Recently at my work, a student was put down to do a shift at the time he was meant to be sitting an exam! And there's no collaboration over the rota whatsoever.

Even though we have been vaccinated against Covid-19, there's still concern about catching the virus as we come into possible contact with hundreds of new people in each shift.

Yet, the pub manager advised us to delete the NHS test-and-trace app, as "too many" of his workforce were self-isolating! They want us to come in, no excuses, to make sure the pub makes enough money for the big bosses, regardless of our health.

If we're understaffed and overworked, it's incredibly difficult for us to keep up with hygiene and cleanliness.

In another bar, breaks were scrapped. Managers admitted they cut hours and staff to simply save money.

Many of my workmates want to find another job, but there are simply no jobs out there. The jobs that are on offer, offer so little wages, what's the point in moving?

Under-18s get paid 3 less an hour than over 18s, for literally doing the exact same job. Living costs aren't magically cheaper for younger people. The hospitality industry is the perfect nightmare example of zero-hour contracts and the gig economy. There's anger bubbling away under the surface.

Furlough is being scrapped in October, and the jobs slaughter will follow. Many hospitality workers are still on 'flexi furlough'.

That's why Youth Fight for Jobs is restarting. We're giving out leaflets to precarious workers, and talking to them about getting involved and joining a union to fight to permanently change the industry for the better.

Bar worker, Cardiff

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 11 August 2021:


NHS

Defend the NHS. Fight the Tory pay insult. Prepare strike action!

NHS: Kick out the privatisers, Fight for funding, Build for strike action


News

Tory government nationalises Sheffield steel plant

Tory cuts worsened crime and Johnson 'blitz' won't help

Fight energy price hike

Thanks to the miners - an example of workers' struggle and solidarity

News in brief


Comment

Olympic 'success' masks cuts and inequality in sport

Starmer's faithful Guardian


Campaigns news

Capitalism = climate catastrophe

Rising against a rigged and rotten system - Socialism 2021

London Pride cancelled - pandemic shows protest Pride is necessary

London: Hundreds protest for trans rights

Save Newham's theatres from Labour council cuts!

Socialist Party young members summer school

A day in the life of a young hospitality worker

West Midlands: austerity and capitalism offers no future for young people

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Don't privatise Dudley libraries

Socialist Party: Solely funded by the working class

Review - The Struggle for World Socialism


Housing

Waltham Forest: Fighting for a home for Nadia and homes for all


History

August 1991 - The aborted military coup in the 'Soviet Union'


Workplace news

Ballot majority essential to continue DVLA strike action

Night tube strike suspended to allow talks - scrap compulsory duties!

RMT strike solid on East Midlands rail

You need a union when the time comes to fight

Unions protest at exploitative Leicester company Food Attraction

Over 3,000 votes for fighting socialist programme in CWU

NSSN to lobby TUC


International news

Beirut's devastating port explosion one year on


 

Home   |   The Socialist 11 August 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Jobs:

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: What is "Youth Fight for Jobs?"

triangleSocialists and the four-day week

triangleYorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs relaunched

triangleWe won't pay for capitalism's failings

triangleSave jobs and services - nationalise rail

Workers:

triangleStop press: Sparks walk out

triangleWorkers at 13 colleges to strike over pay

triangleTory cuts to UC: we need a union fightback

triangleNHS workers reject 3% insult

US:

triangleNuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

triangleGoodlord dispute: Labour's leadership weasled out of backing strike action

triangleOn the frontline, and still fighting for the NHS

Pay:

triangleMOJ pay deal accepted - we demand 10%

triangleWorking class under attack

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/9/21

Socialist

Socialists and the four-day week

22/9/21

NHS

NHS workers reject 3% insult

22/9/21

National Education Union

End the teaching workload crisis

22/9/21

Disability

W Sussex 'disability tax' - protest not going away

22/9/21

Socialist Students

Socialist Students: Youth lit up when they saw us

22/9/21

Pay

MOJ pay deal accepted - we demand 10%

22/9/21

RMT

New strike dates in EMR guards dispute

22/9/21

Youth Fight for Jobs

Yorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs relaunched

22/9/21

NEU

Oaks Park strikers call eleven days' more action

22/9/21

Evictions

Fighting evictions in Cornwall

22/9/21

Disabled

Leeds taxi drivers and disabled passengers unite to fight station changes

22/9/21

Trans rights

York: Non-binary and trans rights protest

22/9/21

Climate change

Who pays for the climate crisis?

22/9/21

BFAWU

Interview: Bakers' union to vote on Labour disaffiliation

22/9/21

Strike

Workers at 13 colleges to strike over pay

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999