They need a union. They really do. March 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
As many as one in five professionals work a full extra three months for free each year, a new study has found.
The survey of more than 2,700 employees shows 73 per cent of Irish professionals work longer than their contracted hours, with around one in five working as many as 10 extra hours a week.
Just on that. I hate that term ‘professional’. I’ve been told entirely straight-faced that the line of work I’m in is only done by ‘professionals’ and as a corollary of that ‘we’ don’t join unions. I never found that convincing, it always seemed like a rationalisation of implicit or explicit exploitation. Which is probably why I’m a long time union member – and yeah, I get that unions are problematic, but the alternative, individual atomised workers having to fight their corner alone in a work place is to my mind self-evidently more problematic by a massive degree. Quite apart from which what other force in a workplace has anything like the social heft to push back against employers?