I was shocked this morning at some news I received in my “No Sweat” emailing. This is an organisation dedicated to eradicating injustice in the workplace and usually I look through the list, nodding at the usual suspects – China, Peru, Bolivia – mine workers in Bolivia working long hours for subsistence wages – you know the sort of thing. Not that that isn’t terrible – in fact, it’s probably my reaction that’s terrible. But today I got something that made me sit up and take notice: workers on the Isle of Wight (yes, the Isle of Wight) are being intimidated and dissuaded from joining a union.
Now, whatever you might think about trade unions, the right to join one is fundamental in our – I was going to say, constitution, but ok then, our system. It is enshrined in law. I am outraged that this should be happening on our doorstep – and, yes, I know it’s not the only example but it shocked me.
Let’s do something about it. Here’s the link: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/SaveVestas/ on the No.10 site and http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/vestas_petition_20414.html
Write to your MP. Send messages of support to the workers. Blog. Do something.
I may mention it tomorrow.
Off to London today. Hard to say if I am more excited or terrified!
PS Yes! It’s coming to me – I shall do the BANKERS poem from yesterday and mention the Vestas workers.