La Toynbee is off again about John Lewis. The partners, those who work for the company and also own it, are the insiders. The people who do the cleaning jobs are outsiders. Lower pay and no cut of the profits.
Poll says that the cleaners should be made insiders.
Meh. Up to the partners really.
But this idea that the insiders should share their benefits with the outsiders. A very dangerous idea indeed for the union movement, don\’t you think?
Think it through: unions exist to benefit their members. That\’s what the subs are paid for. This has most certainly meant in the past that union members get higher pay etc than non-union members. Indeed, that\’s the point. Indeed, Hopi Sen details that union wage premium here.
But if outsiders are to be accorded the benefits of insiders then there should be no union pay premium, should there? Indeed, no reason to pay union subs.
For as Polly tells us it is right and proper that all should gain the same.
A dangerous argument for those you might think to be on the union side.