Post by saracene
Taylor’s report is expected to say “the ambition we should have is that all work is fair and decent and with scope for fulfilment and development”.
What a load of crap! How can that be possible? To many work is just an unpleasant necessity. I certainly feel for people who work too hard for very low wages, but we can't set our ambitions as high as that.
Someone with whom I went to primary school was a lazy sod, never did a
hand's turn of schoolwork, failed the 11+ and eventually got a (secure
enough) job with the local authority clensing department. We stayed in
touch for years; he was always an entertaining companion and we had a
lot of shared personal history.
Over a few pints, he would often tell me that within the department,
the jobs everyone wanted - the plum positions - were driving the bin
lorry or working on the bulky waste collection service. The first
because it was cushy and the second because there was the opportunity
for unauthorised profit.
The job no-one wanted was Trigger's work: pushing the small handcart and
sweeping the footways and gutters. I could see his point. Whatever the
pay was (and I don't think it was all that much), scope for fulfilmnt
was pretty well absent. For all that, a secure job "on the bins" was
quite sought after, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s when local
jobs were scarce.