"Unite's press release doesn't note how many hours the guides put in"
A pretty vital piece of missing information. You're journalists aren't you? Do some journalism and find out...
The immediate future of 11 striking Dorchester tour guides seems to hold just two possibilities: either West Dorset District Council ups their pay to £50 a day, or they'll be on the next prison ship to Oz. The professional "Blue Badge" guides are currently paid a starvation £26.65* a day to show tourists around the Old Crown …
according to this article http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/8296154.Dorchester_Blue_Badge_guides_angry_as_colleague_keeps_working/
"The Blue Badge guides are meant to lead two 45-minute tours of the Old Crown Court a day."
So, 1hour 30mins of work a day, and only offered between mid-July and mid-September.
Also "Last year the guides were paid £26.65 plus travelling expenses.", given that theyre probably all retired people doing it because they enjoy it, I dont see what theyre complaining about.
Don't these people realise that they're living in Britain?
Standing up for yourself is restricted to the rich, who threaten to bugger off to sunnier climes at the first hint of being asked to pay their way.
For the rest of you wage slaves, roll over and take it , unless you want to end up like those tube drivers who are forced to associate with the likes of Bob Crow in order to earn the best part of £40K a year and 44 days paid leave.
If I was retired and lived in Dorset I'd do that for the £17.67 / hour this works out at.
Assuming they hang about for a full 2 hours it's still £13 an hour which is far from the true "starvation wage" that is the minimum wage. They also get travelling expenses which I can only dream of.
The issue here seems not their pay rate, but the amount of actual work available.
I think you'll find that nothing has changed down here in the past 176 years...
...the government still has Victorian attitudes
...the country is still run by criminals or ex-criminals
...our biggest industry is still 'digging stuff up'
...we're a bass ackward country rapidly going nowhere
...we're still a horrible place to live, with an evil climate
...we still have the same rail network, both tracks and extent
...the roads have actually got a bit worse as we've got semis on them as well now
...our best export beer is still only slightly better than horse piss
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