“We Need To Protest and Fight For Our Jobs” – Interview With a City Link Worker
Today one of our members, Dan, interviewed a young City Link worker who was recently made redundant when the company went into administration. He wanted to remain anonymous so we’ve used a false name, George.
Dan: Hi George, thanks for doing this interview today. How long have you been working for City Link?
George: No problem. I’ve been there for a couple of months, it was my first job when I came here from Romania – and it’s already gone.
D: What were City Link like to work for?
G: It wasn’t too bad, the pay is roughly minimum wage – about £6.50 an hour.
D: Do they owe you any money for your shifts?
G: Yes, a few days pay – about £200 overall.
D: Wow – do you know when you’ll get that?
G: No idea. The place was closed today.
D: What will you do for work now? Do you know anywhere that’s hiring?
G: I’m looking for jobs online, but I haven’t seen anywhere. It’s the end of the year, there’s not many jobs about.
D: Why do you think City Link collapsed?
G: The f**king system, mate! It’s the capitalist system! The same thing happened in Romania in 2013 – a company closed down, just before Christmas. How are you supposed to buy presents when you can’t work? How can you pay the bills? Where’s the “goodwill” of the holidays when they’re getting rid of our jobs?
D: So what do you think City Link workers should do to fight back?
G: I think we need to protest and fight for our jobs. It’s not just about me and my friends there – there’s thousands of people in the same situation.
Thanks again to “George” for doing this interview – the Socialist Party will do whatever we can to support City Link workers.