Life President of Samworth Brothers, Sir David Samworth, is a very wealthy man, whose hobbies include organising Fox Hunts for his rich friends and contributing towards the corporate take-over of our children’s schools.
On the latter issue, David isn’t doing so well: one of his academies has proved itself to be such a monumental failure that it was forcibly taken out of his greedy hands (“Failing Samworth Academy gets new sponsor in bid to drive up standards,” Leicester Mercury, January 29, 2016).
David and his Tory friends don’t care much for the rights of workers either, and their lavish lifestyles are utterly dependent upon attacking the pay and conditions of the very people who generate their profits. In Sir David Samworth’s case, this means lowering pay… whilst pretending to increase it. This is why many of the thousands of Samworth Brothers’ employees are presently fighting back by joining the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union. http://www.bfawu.org/
Now it turns out that the Samworth Brothers’ keen interest in privatising the public education system is only matched by their happiness to exploit the young, hence they continue to pay younger workers less money for doing exactly the same work as their more mature colleagues. Samworth prefer an unprincipled approach to employing workers that is all too common amongst capitalist businesses where profits are always placed before the living needs of their employees.
So although the government’s new living wage has now been set at £7.20 an hour, Samworth Brothers plan to increase the hourly rate of their younger workers (aged between 18 and 21) to something that is still poverty pay, that is, just £6.75 an hour.
What makes this farcical increase even more deplorable (and divisive) is that this new rate of pay only represents a 53p pay rise, while workers aged over 21 years old, doing exactly the same work, will be getting a pay rise of £1.05. Although it is clear that this so-called pay-rise still represents a pay-cut when one tots up all the other attacks on the workforces current pay and conditions currently being ‘consulted’ on.
It should be obvious to all that all workers doing the same work, regardless of gender or age, should be paid exactly the same. This is why the Baker’s Union is campaigning alongside other trade unions to ensure that all workers are paid enough so they can live without having to count their pennies.
£10 an hour with no exceptions for all workers seems a fair enough price to pay for all the profits that workers generate for their bosses.
This letter was emailed to the Leicester Mercury mailbox on February 19.
Samworth Brothers workers are joining the Baker’s Union because, by 2018, their employer plans to scrap the doubletime they currently receive for working on Sundays and on Bank Holidays; scrap afternoon shift premiums (currently 10% extra); slash their overtime premium in half (from 50% to 25%) and the same for night shift premiums (30% to 15%).