Angered at JD Sports? Time to get unionised – time to fight for socialism!
A Channel 4 investigative report shown tonight has highlighted the horrendous working conditions faced by workers at JD Sports warehouses. The undercover reporter showed how workers are treated in an environment of Sports Direct proportions.
It was shown how workers face daily humiliation and extreme pressure through performance targets and aggressive management practices – being given warnings for having the wrong type of logos on their clothing, chewing gum or even wearing an unacceptable style of wrist watch!
The footage showed massive queues of workers waiting to leave the workplace in a huge queue before being searched by an airport security type system to ensure goods had not been stolen. Unsurprisingly workers were not paid for this meaning in effect they were being paid less than the minimum wage.
This is the nature of modern day capitalism. It is also a warning to all workers – this is how all of us would be treated if the capitalist class and their hirelings in government thought they could get away with it.
Trade unions urgently need to not only highlight these bad practices, they need to organise and prepare for a militant battle to win decent terms and conditions and workers rights in general. But we can’t leave it there. In an economy where profit is the driving force we are always going to be under attack. That is why we need a socialist transformation of society – let’s banish these horrors to the dustbin of history once and for all.
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