Sunday, March 05, 2006

Unite should fuck off - go McDonalds!

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Sue Bradford this time, and her solidarity with the Marxist Unite Union, getting upset at McDonald's employees who don't want to join the union.
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McDonald's has taken the principled and entirely laudable stand as reported by the Green's press release that “As advised at the last meeting, it is likely McDonald’s will decide not to pay the above increases to UNITE members. That is simply because franchisees and McDonald’s are concerned that UNITE’s industrial tactics have the objective and/or effect of damaging the McDonald’s brand and their business and they don’t see any merit in rewarding that behaviour with a pay increase.”
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Nor should it!! Who wants employees that belong to an organisation out to destroy your business? Franchisees own McDonalds restaurants, putting their OWN MONEY (think hard about the concept Sue) at risk, employeeing people and providing a service. Would Unite employ people who complain about how useless the union is and are anti-union?
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What is more funny is Sue's outrage saying "McDonald's is attempting to undermine union negotiations for better wages by negotiating directly with non-union staff" . I guess none of the union staff are looking for other jobs regularly are they? Besides why SHOULDN'T McDonalds negotiate directly with non-union staff - the union doesn't represent them because it is (think this one through carefully Sue) their CHOICE not to belong to a union. Choice!! Something you and your commie colleagues opposed when National TWICE introduced it, in 1983 and 1991. You hate people who negotiate directly with the employer, because you don't think those people can look after their best interests - well Unite is arrogant, militant and fortunately employees are not forced by the state to belong to it. There is nothing more democratic than the market - and the market says Unite is not wanted by many McDonald's employees.
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Sue says:
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"In the meantime, McDonalds should stop its anti-union tactics, withdraw the meagre offer it has made to non-union staff, and begin genuine negotiations with the union with a view to paying staff realistic wages,"
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I would say Unite should stop its anti-business tactics, negotiate in good faith to pay employees according to performance and work with McDonalds to improve the success of the whole business. If people working there don't like it, they can go find someone else who has risked their own money to create jobs. If Unite doesn't like it, they can fuck off and so can Sue - let employers and employees negotiate with whoever they want, and are contractually obliged to.
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Unite is a communist union, on its supersizemypay forum, it has a definition of capitalism that could have come out of North Korea, it is utter drivel. However, go to that forum and post contrary views to the commies - it's good to piss them off.
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I once worked at McDonalds, I'm not regretting having been fired from it by a lousy boss who was exploitative - nobody has to work there, and nobody has to buy their products. .
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It's called freedom!

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