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How are your sandwich-making skills?

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I worked at a sandwich factory for three years, until Sept. 2013 when I was lucky to find alternative employment back in a foundry.

‘…shitty employer struggles to fill shitty jobs.’ hits the nail squarely on the head.

No union and no will among the workforce to organise- despite my efforts.

Working nights, my wage, including shift allowance was less than my basic wage, without shift allowance now- and I still think I’m underpaid.

A flexible hours contract, which is as bad as a zero hours contract, because although you knew when you had a shift, you didn’t know if you’d do four hours or twelve hours.

Working Christmas day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. No overtime payments AT ALL.

Shitty doesn’t describe the conditions by half.

I won’t detail the food safety regulations I witnessed flouted- suffice to say, I’ll never buy a pre-packed sandwich again.

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This Daily Mail’s front page caused a bit of a stir today with its implcation that Brits lack the skills or attitude to make sandwiches! The story is that an Irish firm who make a large proportion of pre-packed sandwiches sold in the UK have struggled to hire British workers and have instead looked to Hungary for staff . The Daily Mail decided to spin this as a ‘lazy Brits’ story, that people don’t want to work any more as they can live off benefits. The rather ridiculous headline was quite well lampooned by Twitter users and some of the best responses were collated in this article.

The real story here of course is not one about lazy Brits but rather shitty employer struggles to fill shitty jobs. This article gives some more background on the employer in question. If this firm was not able to import workers from…

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Written by Smiling Carcass

11/11/2014 at 9:20 AM

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  1. I make a mean knuckle sandwich – to be. served to the recipient of your choice 😉

    Yvonne De Carlo

    11/11/2014 at 10:01 AM


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