Bosses have pushed workers to accept pay cuts by claiming this will keep them in work—and union officials have sometimes accepted this blackmail.
But helping bosses make cuts strengthens their hand at workers’ expense.
Unions at the Vauxhall car factory at Ellesmere Port recommended pay freezes and attacks on conditions to “save jobs” last year.
But jobs were cut—in Germany.
And the greater “flexibility” in the deal means bosses can send workers here home if demand drops.
Workers at JCB accepted pay cuts in October 2008 to save jobs. The firm slashed jobs the following month and again in 2009.
The bosses want workers to make sacrifices to protect their profits.
But there’s plenty of money for jobs and decent pay.
There’s no need for cuts to wages or jobs.
And making sacrifices only encourages the bosses to come back for more.