Guardian subs, report for your beating

The striking Ministry of Justice cleaners know their worth – all power to them
Dawn Foster

The worth of something is what someone is willing to pay for it.

Sigh.

Striking for higher pay is thus asking for more than your worth.

14 comments on “Guardian subs, report for your beating

  1. Not sure. An employer might need a strike or the threat of a strike to consider what a workforce not-on-strike is worth to him.

  2. You forget. Public sector employees. How much you someones pay for them is not a matter of choice.

  3. “Striking for higher pay is thus asking for more than your worth.”
    Unless you get it, of course.

  4. Striking for higher pay is thus asking for more than your worth.“

    An employer will happily pay you less than he might if he thinks he can get away with it, so striking’s one way of finding out what you’re worth. It may not be a good way, but it’s a way.

  5. “The worth of something is what someone is willing to pay for it.”

    If there’s any one single “worth” of something, it’s the point where the supply curve intersects the demand curve.

  6. ” Currently, the mostly migrant workers are paid less than the London living wage of £10.20 an hour, ”

    Deport now.

  7. My favourite strike was the Timex factory in Scotland.

    Timex said they would be closing factory in x months – crazy workers went on strike demanding it not closed. It closed.

  8. Office cleaners are about as fungible as mop handles. Sack the lot of ’em and there’ll be ten applicants for every vacancy.

  9. “Sack the lot of ’em”

    Ahhh, yes, like Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers. They thought they had the government by the nads, but Reagan said, “You’re fired.”

    Unionized government workers makes no sense, anyway.

    Wiki:

    ‘The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is an American labor union representing over 670,000 employees of the federal government, about 5,000 employees of the District of Columbia’

    Why does the Federal government have 670,000* employees? Excluding the military, a few thousand would do.

    *Note that this figure does NOT include MILLIONS of contractors.

  10. I would have assumed the government would have a pay scale for cleaners that applied to all the cleaners they employed.

  11. I would assume that the cleaners aren’t employed by the government but by a private contractor. It’s been a long time since I’ve been somewhere that has been cleaned by govt employees.

  12. So would I, SE, but the article refers to the cost to government.

    It is not good practice to have contractors from different sources doing the same job for different pay. The final employer gets the blame for the agencies tight fistedness.

  13. “Striking for higher pay is thus asking for more than your worth.” – this is the ultimate way to determine worth, pity that it is necessary, but absolutely necessary it sometimes is.

  14. @Pcar
    I love that example.
    Another good one is when the Northwest Airlines mechanics chose to strike to protest pay cuts in 2005 – at a time when there were hundreds of out-of-work airplane mechanics laid off by other airlines in the vicinity of every airport in the U.S…
    I remember that one because I flew out of town just before the strike started, but my return flight was during the ineffective strike.

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