the Disillusioned kid: Making Life Taste Bitter
| Email | Home | Linkage | Profile |

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Making Life Taste Bitter

This week saw Sainsbury's chairman Sir Peter Davis forced from his position by shareholders. This seems to have been a response to the award of £2.5 million of free shares to a man whose strategies to reinvigorate the supermarket chain have clearly failed. This received extensive coverage in the business sections, but one element seemed to be missing from the coverage: where were the workers?

On Davis' watch the company introduced new RGS (Rewarding Good Service) contracts and a pay freeze for those who didn't take them, much to the chagrin of the workforce, leading some to take to the streets and many to consider quitting. I have firsthand knowledge of this, having had the misfortune to work for Sainsbury's and can vouch for the levels of anger amongst the workforce. I must confess, I was pleased to see Davis tossed out on his ear and sincerely hope that the "possible amendments" hinted for his award are carried through and amount to something credible. That said, nothing I have read on the issue or on the plans of new chief executive Justin King gives me much hope that the situation for the workforce is likely to improve anytime soon. Plus ca change.

Side Projects

Carnival of Anarchy
The Peace Pipe
UK Watch Blog


Against the Current
Culture hits and gendered bits
Daniel Randall
In The Water
Mike Wood
On The Barricades
Pizarro's Sword
Space Cat Rocket Ship
Surveillant Assemblage
TashCamUK FotoPage
The Naked Lunch
The Peace Pipe
The World of the Dynamite Lady


Anarchoblogs Blog
Arte & Lingua
Barker in Valencia
Blood & Treasure
Bombs and Shields
Born at the Crest of the Empire
Chase me ladies...
Chicken Yoghurt
Craig Murray
Dead Men Left
Disreputable Lazy Aliens
Empire Notes
Friends of Al Jazeera
Global Guerillas
Guerillas in the Midst
I Blame the Patriachy
Informed Comment
Janine Booth
Lenin's Tomb
Life of Riley Blog
Media Watch Watch
Neil Shakespeare
NO2ID NewsBlog
One Hump or Two?
Otto's Random Thoughts
Pitch In For Uzbekistan
Run over by the truth
Solidarity With Iraqi Workers
Shut Up You Fat Whiner!
Sudan: Passion of the Present
Talk Politics
The Anthropik Network
The Daily (Maybe)
The Devil's Kitchen
The Disillusioned
The f-word
The Head Heeb
The Killing Train
The Revenge of Winston Smith
The Socialist Unity Blog
The Wicked Truth
Theory of Power
Things I Don't Have Time For
This (Fresh) Gringo
This Is My Truth
Thumping the Tub
Time The Dreaded Enemy
UK Watch Blog
UK Poli Blogs
Under The Same Sun
What Fresh Hell Is This?
Where is Raed? (RIP)
Who Are You to Accuse Me?
Words and Rocks
Z-Net Blog


Asbo Community Space
Eastside Climate Action
Faslane 365
No Borders
Nottingham Student Peace Movement
Refugee Forum
Stop the War
Sumac Centre
The Demo Project

Ivory Towers

Anarchist Studies Network
Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice
Postanarchism Clearinghouse


Anarchist FAQ
Chagos Discussion List
Chagos Support Forums
Electronic Intifada
Future of Iraq Portal
Index of Political Blogs
Indymedia UK
Iraq Occupation Focus
Refuser Solidarity Network
Socialist Unity Network
The New Standard
UK Chagos Support Association
UK Watch
Weekly Worker

The Progressive Blog Alliance

Register here to join the PBA.