An article by a member of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement looking at life in the hospitality industry.
I have spent the bulk of my working life doing various hospitality work, everything from washing dishes to bartending to delivering pizzas. At the moment I’m working at a small restaurant in Central Wellington which basically makes glorified fast food for pretentious rich people; those members of the upper-echelons of the public service who ask for trim-soya milk in their decaffeinated lattes.
September 2010 PDF of the Twin Cities IWW branch's newsletter.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Jimmy John’s Workers Form Union, Demand an End to “Wages So Low You’ll Freak”
Editor Angel Gardner shares her thoughts on organizing the restaurant and service industry..
Why Organize Sandwich Shops?
Jimmy John’s worker speaks out about work conditions and organizing..
PDF of the November/December 2009 issue of the Twin Cities IWW branch's newsletter.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Jimmy John’s Workers Union--- Here to Stay!
Election is Only a Beginning
JJWU Fellow Worker reflects on moving forward after the election..
Starbucks Workers Union Wins Recognition of MLK Jr. Day
After three years of actions for MLK Jr. Day, Starbucks Workers Union wins their demand!
Alfred Stevens of Communist Students on the ongoing dispute at Heinz's factory in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
The 1,200 striking workers at Europe’s biggest food manufacturing plant, the Heinz factory in Kitt Green of Wigan, suffered the first defeat in their ongoing struggle against the management and owners of the company, as the senior stewards decided to call off the 24 hour strike that was planned for Wednesday January 4th.
Molly Wagner on her short-lived employment as a seltzer drink seller.
Standing in an unemployment line or going through a mid-life crisis can drive a person to accept any kind of job, not only to earn a living, but to bring some much needed change into one's life.
Fred Gardner on American society and sweet snacks.
Pete Wright describes his experience of one job in his career as a precarious bar worker...
How does one go about describing the experience working at the Clapham Grand? Well I suppose it depends on who you ask. If you asked management they would tell it’s like being part of a giant family or a rainbow or something; which is somewhat disturbing when you consider that the floor manager changed a total of four times in the three months I worked there.
Some 25 years ago the workers at the Austin, Minnesota plant of the Hormel Corp. embarked on a long and brave fight. A fight which was not only right, but was fought "from below". This fight and the rank-and-file efforts to wage and control the struggle captivated the attention of all militant workers.
Some 25 years ago the workers at the Austin, Minnesota plant of the Hormel Corp. embarked on a long and brave fight. A fight which was not only right, which was fought "from below". This fight and the rank-and-file efforts to wage and control the struggle captivated the attention of all militant workers.
On the 16th of April retail workers at JB Hi-Fi in Wellington, New Zealand, part of a nationwide electronics chain, walked out of their workplace and went on strike to protest their meagre wages. The workers have struck several times since and are now bracing themselves for a bitter struggle against bosses who want them to carry on working long hours for little money. The Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement speaks to Shanna Olsen-Reeder, a JB Hi-Fi worker and Unite Union delegate, about her involvement in the industrial action.
Could you briefly explain the present working conditions at JB Hi-Fi?