There are two types of people in this world, there are the shirkers and there are workers. As it happens, the types of people described by these opposite categories tend to overlap somewhat with two other well-known societal groups, the ruling class and the working class.
The workers (the 99%), well they work, and the shirkers (the 1%), well they tend to try not to. They prefer to avoid dirtying their hands with the types of work that ordinary people are forced to do in order to pay their bills. Shirkers tend to be bosses (and useless ones at that), who more often than not rely heavily upon generous favours, hand-outs and tax breaks from their families and friends in high places.
Unfortunately, the shirkers continue to own most of the wealth in society. In September the campaigning charity Oxfam released a report that drew attention to this shocking inequality. The report demonstrated that the richest 1% of the British population now owns more wealth than the poorest 13 million people living in Britain – a problem that is growing worse by the day!
Samworth Brothers director Mark Samworth is the local embodiment of a greedy shirker. First off he acquired his business empire not through his commitment to hard work, but merely as a gift from his father; while Mark obtains political favours from the Tories in return for acting as a major financial contributor to their coffers.
Just prior to last year’s General Election, Mark gave £100,000 donation to the Tories, and earlier this year he attended one of their famous “cash-for-access” meals, which are strictly reserved for the Tories’ richest and most influential donors.
In addition to continuing the Tory tradition of opposing the right of his workers to having a collective and democratic voice in their workplace via their trade union of choice, Samworth bosses spend a lot of time courting the media to better mis-portray themselves as the friends of workers.
A recent article in the Leicester Mercury (October 4) had Samworth’s chief executive boasting that their company paid out “£4.6 million a year in profit sharing over three years” to about 6,500 workers. But given Samworth’s ongoing attempts to cut their workers’ pay, it is not too hard to imagine which particular category of worker shared the majority of this profit-sharing.
Certainly the scale of this so-called profit-sharing pales into insignificance compared to the profits reaped by Samworth’s shirkers-in-chief: “The family owners of Samworth Brothers received an £18 million windfall after profits at the food giant grew by more than a fifth in 2015,” reported the Mercury. This coming on top of the 25 per cent increase in pre-tax profits that had stuffed the bank accounts of Samworth’s bosses the year before.
Now surely on the basis of such swelling profit, Samworth’s workers should be entitled to generous premium pay and pay rises; two entitlements that the Baker Union will be trying to obtain once their members successfully force the Samworth shirkers to recognise the trade union in a collective bargaining agreement.