Fair Hotels campaign… and beyond that any thoughts on guidelines for knowing what services and products accord with our values? September 2, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Economy, Irish Politics, The Left.
Okay, holidays are over for most of us, but this is a great campaign, and it’s surprisingly unprompted, but whether you stay in an hotel or just want to get a cup of tea or sandwich which you know will be produced by people with reasonable terms and conditions of employment then this is important.
It raises questions too. How do we as leftists attempt to live lives in the context of such matters, how much do we engage with services that while not leftwing per se in themselves at least accord in a general sense with our values. And what are the compromises we have to make, and how do we minimise them? In a way this is the other side of the point made a few weeks back about Zero-Hour contracts, or even just poor and sub-optimal working conditions, because this is where we as citizens and consumers interact with the services produced in such areas.
And as importantly, and this is where a campaign like this – with its attendant lists – is so important because it is difficult to know precisely whether a service does, for example, use union labour, or a product likewise. Indeed the lack of transparency, one might even say interest, in such matters is a telling indication of the way societal values skew.
So, any other campaigns like this or in areas that aren’t covered above, that are informative and assist in this broader project, that people can think of, and I’ll try to bundle them up into a single post or even – perhaps – a page on the site.
And also any obvious examples of companies that are not unionised, and/or particularly hostile to same so that we can draw necessary conclusions?