Not only are supermarkets making obscene profits – they’re cutting staff pay

Last Updated: May 19, 2023By Tags: , , , , ,

Here’s another reason for young people to get off Instagram, Tiktok, YouTube Shorts or whatever, get off the sofa and go and vote.

One of the popular choices of job for young people is working for a supermarket chain. I did it for a while in my teens to raise cash for college, and my stepdaughter (technically just Mrs Mike’s daughter but she’ll kill me if I don’t call her that) did checkout work before going on to better things, too.

Would we have done those jobs if they hadn’t paid enough for us to enjoy our young lives and be able to store cash away for the future?

No, of course we wouldn’t.

Now we learn that, while they have been personally raking in nearly £1 million per day from their supermarkets’ profits, the owners of Asda are cutting pay for 7,000 workers and will sack anybody who won’t accept the new arrangement.

According to the GMB union, staff will lose 60p per hour, have their night supplement reduced and be dismissed if they refuse to accept the change.

You should be able to find evidence of the Asda owners’ riches here:

It’s pure greed, as far as This Writer is concerned – and a spiteful stab at the hearts of young people across the UK.

Possibly worst of all, the Issa’s are self-made; they grew up in a terraced house in Blackburn.

It seems that, now they have been able to work their way up to the higher levels of business, they’re pulling up the ladder behind them to make sure that nobody working for them can get to do what they have.

They get to do this because employment law in the UK allows them to.

The only way to change that is to change employment law.

And the only way to do that is to vote in a government that will do that.

Pensioners won’t demand it. They don’t care about kids who are just starting out.

Middle-aged professionals won’t demand it; they’re too busy trying to defend themselves from all the flak coming their way from the current government.

So that leaves young people.

What do you think, you teens and 20-somethings? Is that worth tearing yourself away from your social media influencers for a while?

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  1. S J Salter May 19, 2023 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Also tesco have raised min spend.. Directly affecting pensioners and didsabled.. Also portions have been made smaller
    And still charging more.. (Ex:iceland) probs many others doin it also..

  2. Robert Hasell May 19, 2023 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Don’t keep blaming pensioners! Many of us have never, and never will, vote tory. Very unsure about Labour as well.

    • Mike Sivier May 20, 2023 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      It’s fascinating that this has been the one statement I’ve made lately that has produced a really strong response – from pensioners distancing themselves from it. Of course I know it doesn’t apply to all pensioners – no such statement ever applies to everybody in a named group – and I would hope that a higher proportion of pensioners reading this left-leaning politics site would vote against the Tories.

  3. Jenny Hambidge May 19, 2023 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I am a pensioner, Mike!!! Six of my pensioner friends, those i know well would not dream of voting Tory and that’s a promise. And we vote every time.I agree there is great disaffection amongst the youth and young people about voting at all. And it starts in the education system. I have five teenaged grandchildren and none of them have a clue about how the voting system works, how government works, why taxes paid, how local government works.Tories are seen as the “winners” as they are considered rich and powerful.

    • Mike Sivier May 20, 2023 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      No blanket statement ever refers to everybody in a named group – there are always exceptions, as we both know. A few pensioners have joined you in saying it doesn’t apply to them, and I’m relieved to read it, although I would hope that was the case among the readership of a left-leaning politics site like mine.

      Yes, you’re absolutely right about the education system and its failure to actually educate young people about how their country works. The idea that Tories are winners because they’re rich is laughable, of course. It assumes that citizenship is a competition.

  4. marijo1951 May 20, 2023 at 9:21 am - Reply

    “Pensioners won’t demand it. They don’t care about kids who are just starting out.”

    Mike, I agree with you about practically everything, but I resent this blanket statement about those of us who are a certain age, even if it is just a bit of hyperbole aimed at encouraging youngsters to engage in politics. I’m 72 and my main concern is what lies ahead for my 4 grandchildren and their future children.

    • Mike Sivier May 20, 2023 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      I’m glad to read it. But can you say that holds true for all pensioners, or even most of them?

  5. raemckinlay187 May 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Hey, I am a near pensioner and I care about this.

    • Mike Sivier May 20, 2023 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      I’m glad to read it.

  6. James May 22, 2023 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I’ll add my vehement criticism of “Pensioners won’t demand it. They don’t care about kids who are just starting out”! That really is an appalling blanket statement to make, Mike!

    • Mike Sivier May 23, 2023 at 10:58 am - Reply

      How many pensioners do you know who have demanded it, or do, on a regular basis?

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