It's probably my lack of experience, but when our shift manager called our store manager and set up a mandatory staff meeting, I said I felt uncomfortable about meeting on a work-related issue without pay. I nearly got my head bitten off of me, so I backed down with grace, I think. I've since heard that it's standard to have unpaid staff meetings once in a while, but it sounds kind of bullocks to me.
Anyway, since the store manager (and the shift manager, obviously) are going to be there, it's definitely not going to be a good forum in which to raise class issues, so the only things I've got so far are lower-management collaborationist grievances about the store, about stupid shit from upper management and store policy, etc.
The two main issues that I would rather have had a chance to raise with just the other workers would be:
- A recent internal investigation about an overblown clerical error that might get one of us (though not me, as I was not on at that shift) fired.
- The fact that we've had four workers quit just since I arrived, and there's a negative mood about.
The latter seems to be what's prompting this, though I'm not sure that they're not just going to berate us for being bad little girls and not working hard enough.
Is there any way I can use this meeting to the advantage of working-class solidarity, to move it beyond inner-shop class collaboration? Anyone have similar experiences to share? Or am I just giving the whole thing too much significance due to ignorance of the modern workplace?
I was thinking of raising the matter of getting paid for the meeting as a class issue, but I don't want to sound all barmy to my fellow workers.