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Work is hard… May 26, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This from the IT:

This is also not a time to yell at a bad driver or snap at a slow worker on a supermarket till. Actually, it is never a good idea to snap at anyone doing that work, as Mary Greenham can tell you. Ms Greenham is a sports and media agent whose clients include Martina Navratilova and the British broadcaster Andrew Marr.
Her work dried up when coronavirus hit and now she works at her local Morrisons supermarket, stacking shelves, cleaning floors and working the tills. The hardest thing to get used to, she told a radio interviewer last week, was “the sheer fatigue” she felt after being on her feet all day.

Like many many of us here I’ve had that experience over the years, working shop floor retail, restaurant kitchen, etc. My day job is easy compared to any single one of those jobs. And I hate it when people dismiss those jobs as ‘easy’ or beneath them. Give it a week, a month, a year, five years and see how easy they are.

Listening to her speak, it was impossible to be unmoved by her humility and her good humour, and the thought that before this crisis is over, there could be untold numbers of others like her.

There are. There are. Near countless numbers of workers.


1. EWI - May 26, 2020

Some serious changes have to occur in the shape of ‘work’ from now on, changes which needed to happen in any case. UBI, UBS, four-day week, WFH, all of it.

A pity that there’s now no ‘Labour Party’ in either Ireland or the UK which would have either the imagination or the fire in their bellies to advocate for such a game-changer.


Joe - May 26, 2020

UBI, UBS, WFH. What do these stand for EWI, please?


NFB - May 26, 2020

Universal Basic Income, Universal Basic Services, Working From Home

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Joe - May 26, 2020

Thanks NFB.


2. sonofstan - May 26, 2020

Absolutely true WbS.
The inversion of the importance of delivery of goods and services versus the marketing of same over the past 9 weeks might, just, change something in the view people have of the relative prestige of some jobs.

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3. 6to5against - May 26, 2020

I’ve done many jobs on my time, including labouring, farm labouring, restaurant work and in more recent years professional work. I never found anything exhausting as a full day working in retail. Just the effect of standing almost constantly from 9 to 6 is something easily forgotten.

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WorldbyStorm - May 26, 2020

And the bosses. Jesus.


4. NFB - May 26, 2020

Would echo the thoughts presented on retail, my own experience is very similar. On your feet all day, lifting, carrying, cleaning, management who treat you like a number owing to high turnover and of course dealing with the ever reasonable Irish customer. We’d all have horror stories I’m sure!

If I had to pick just one it would be a retail business I worked in which had to close due to lack of business. There was a closing down sale, and nothing attracts a nasty kind of person better than a “90%” off sign. We went from being empty to suddenly being full with people all the time, but people who spent their time haggling, giving out that certain things weren’t cheap enough and threatening to sue us because they couldn’t find anything that was 90% off (they weren’t looking hard enough).

I’ll never forget that experience, with the lack of sympathy, the brutal self-interest and the uncontrollable sense of entitlement, and I think it’s the first time I realised that an experience I took for granted – working in retail – for someone of my age, wealth bracket and prospects was nowhere near other peoples experience, as in they may never have worked in that sector.


WorldbyStorm - May 26, 2020

Entitlement, that’s it. It’s like someone working in a shop is about equivalent to a robot. REestaurants can be slightly different because the class mix is a bit different. Though that’s also an age thing. I’ve never regretted for a moment doing retail (clothes, books, lighting, various others) but it was hard going.


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