Dear Lord above, are these people serious?

Casual workers in the Wimbledon catering operation are being paid the same hourly rate for night shifts as day ones and earning well below the London living wage.

The Guardian has learned that Compass, whose subsidiary FMC is the official caterer, is paying some night workers at the tennis championships in south-west London £8 an hour, the same as their colleagues working during the day.

Bar work. Waiting table. Apparently, you should be paid more to do this when people want to go for a rink or to eat. You know, working 6 – 11 being unsociable hours or summat?

12 thoughts on “Dear Lord above, are these people serious?”

  1. I skim read it but didn’t see ‘night shift’ defined.

    “It is not illegal not to pay workers more for night shifts – there is no separate living wage for night work – but it is frowned upon.”

    Yes, by people who frown upon everything.

    “One worker told the Guardian: “I didn’t apply to a night shift [job] but I thought I’d take it – something is better than nothing. I assumed with it being at night I’d get paid more.”

    What kind of fuckwit takes a job on an assumption about pay? What kind of newspaper thinks such a fuckwit is a useful witness to call in its campaign against everything?

    “It’s really difficult working nights. It’s kind of a given that if you’re working less desirable hours, you should be rewarded. There’s a common feeling we’re not paid enough, but what can you do?”

    Same fuckwit. Obviously ‘get a different job’ hasn’t occurred to him/her. I suggest that is a better strategy than ‘whine to the Guardian’ – though actually I strongly suspect this fuckwit has been made up, because people who do actual shit work at low rates are often surprisingly clear-sighted about it, whereas Guardian hacks tend to the romantic view of life and economics.

  2. In the old days you could support a family and buy a house in London working part time at Wimbledon. Wait, what? You couldn’t?

    Who applies the “Living wage” to temporary bar work? What next, annual salary and pension contributions?

  3. My cousin’s daughter applied for casual work at Wimbledon, but was offered a night shift. She said “no thanks”. Sensible girl!

  4. @CJN
    Cafes closing for lunch was a feature I first encountered in Cornwall when I lived there in the early ‘70s.

  5. I worked in a pub between school and uni. We were paid the same hourly rate for all shifts.

    This is normal, and just goes to show how detached from the real world the Grauniad and its readership are.

  6. So what this means is that the day shift is overpaid – night shift can easily recruit enough workers at £8/hour so the rate for the day job should be £8 minus the night shift premium.
    The minimum wage creates unemployment by pricing some jobs out of the market.

  7. The terms and conditions of that job will be improved when there are too few applicants. It’s supply and demand. And in a wealthy society with a safety net, employees can walk and change jobs…So, a non-issue.

  8. Way back in summer 1983 I worked 3pm-11pm shift in veg freezing factory*, all shifts paid same.

    Military, Plod & NHS don’t receive a “night shift” supplement.

    Typical Gurnion “more laws” codswallop.

    *Peas & broccoli were cold-washed, blanched, cold-washed, frozen & bagged within 20-30min of arrival. Each line did ~5T/hr
    Peas – blast frozen; broccoli – liquid nitrogen spray frozen.

  9. I don’t know about plod but in the NHS if your job involves nights then everyone doing the same job will also do nights, so no need for supplements.

    If you are locuming, then night shifts may be paid more, initially no but most hospitals will eventually raise their offer if nobody signs up.

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