Well Honey

“I loved working there, but why should male colleagues at the distribution centres get paid more? It left quite a bitter taste in the mouth.”

Perhaps working in a warehouse is a different jobs from working in a shop? Just to put forward one idea that is.

17 thoughts on “Well Honey”

  1. This is just the latest in a bizarre series of judgements, as the article says. Judges are ruling that entirely different jobs are the same.

    No attention seems to be paid to such trivial matters as skills or strength required, working environment (warm shop v cold warehouse for eg), risk of injury, supply of people willing to do the jobs etc etc.

  2. No attention seems to be paid to such trivial matters as skills or strength required, working environment (warm shop v cold warehouse for eg), risk of injury, supply of people willing to do the jobs

    Fixed it for you.

  3. That’s not, quite, what the judgement is. So far at least. What they’ve said is “You can try comparing these two sets of jobs. We’ll see in the actual case”. They’ve not decided they are the same. They’ve agreed they can try to make that case.

  4. Perhaps she could have got a job working in the distribution center then for more money?
    Or would that have entailed working longer hours in a less pleasant environment with little or no flexi-time?

  5. Perhaps the government could scrap the equal pay for different work legislation that enables this farce.

  6. BlokeInBrum
    March 28, 2021 at 8:10 am

    ‘Perhaps she could have got a job working in the distribution center then for more money?’

    That certainly sounds like the solution to this non-problem.

  7. Surely, if warehouse and shop front jobs are declared equivalent, the employer can move staff between the two positions as required?

    That is what you wanted isn’t it?

  8. Its the soft ball interviewing that’s irritating, don’t blame someone at a check out seeing how far the lawyers assurances will take them. But a journo could ask a few questions. Have you applied for a job at the warehouse? Would you enjoy it as much as your current position? How much more would we have to pay you to leave your current job and work in the warehouse?

  9. @G2:

    …if warehouse and shop front jobs are declared equivalent, the employer can move staff between the two positions as required?

    Many years ago, I worked in the customer services department of a large wholesalers, if ever the warehouse was short-handed or if waste needed to be collected up in the loading bay, management would always come and get me and not any of the women, who were the majority in my department, to give them a hand.

  10. Warehouse work requires the ability to read a label and not much more. Retail work requires English, grooming, sometimes even product knowledge and sales ability.
    So I’m surprised warehouse staff earn more.

  11. philip,

    “Warehouse work requires the ability to read a label and not much more. Retail work requires English, grooming, sometimes even product knowledge and sales ability.
    So I’m surprised warehouse staff earn more.”

    You’ve missed a thing which is that women generally like “people” jobs and don’t care for “non-people” jobs. It’s why there’s so few women in programming. Not because of sexism, or pay, or intelligence, but because it’s not particularly social. And female programmers tend to be are atypical – lesbians or childless.

  12. And female programmers tend to be are atypical – lesbians or childless.

    Or what I see more of: women treating the programming part as a short career stepping stone to management.

  13. “That’s not, quite, what the judgement is. So far at least. What they’ve said is “You can try comparing these two sets of jobs. We’ll see in the actual case”. They’ve not decided they are the same. They’ve agreed they can try to make that case.”

    Agreed, but the public sector versions of this have set the path.

  14. Perhaps we should cut the pay of judges to that of a floor sweeper…they both work for the courts, and the jobs are clearly equivalent…

  15. BoM4, I’ve retired after 40+ years as a backroom computer programmer. My experience with women in the profession is opposite to your statement. In three different companies over that period (with programming staffs of 60 to 100 total and about 40% women) more than 50% have been married, with children. Of those not married, non have come out as lesbians, even in the most progressive of surroundings, and their occasional public dalliances have all been with men.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *