Post by pamela Post by MM
Seems to be that the migrant workers who totally change their
lives by upping sticks and moving 1,500km across Europe to come
here for £9 an hour are the ones showing the real gumption.
Quite right. We get their better workers because the are the ones
who will get up and come here. If a Brit doesn't like the work or
pay in this country he could go work elsewhere in Europe just as you
did instead of moaning about how the country owes him a living.
Post by MM
When British workers start flocking to the fields, food factories,
bars and cleaning companies, then I will start respecting them a
bit more. As it is, I think they're rather a bunch of whingers
from the same mould as the 60s'/70s' contingents who ruined the
British car industry due to their frequent strikes and incessant
demands for more pay. Heck, the British worker as a body even went
on strike during World War II when there were lots of young, brave
fighting men dying for Britain.
In those days Japanese cars they were disparaged as tinny rust boxes
but were reliable and what the customer wanted. Meanwhile Red Robbo
was using strikes to jack up wage rates at Longbridge but look where
got the industry.
A Union Jack sticker on goods today tells the buyer the goods have a
chance of being shoddy, poorly designed, unstylish, unreliable or
overpriced. It's a sort of warning sign that you might be making a
charitable donation to uncompetitive British workers. I wish it
I was a very patriotic car-buyer during the period up to the mid-1980s.
I actually bought a brand new BL car in 1978 - the worst car-buying
decision I ever made. Since 1986, I have not owned, or ever considered
buying, a UK-built car.
Even viewed from a hundred miles away, the Longbridge workers clearly
taking the piss. They weren't the only ones, of course. I regret to have
to say that Liverpool's dockers were prone to doing the same (London's
too), all of them apparently in the unshakeable belief that the world
could not do without them and their product.
The old Standard/Triumph factory in Speke, Liverpool, made products
which were treading water (at best) in the market. But it was
well-established that the series of industrial disputes at that firm was
aimed at winning the S/T workers the same pay and conditions as workers
at the nearby Ford facility at Halewood had managed to secure. This was
despite the obvious truth that the Ford factory was churning out cars
that were in demand, sold readil=u and whose quality control was miles
above that of any BL-related site such as the Standard-Triumph works.