Think of all the features of working life we take for granted (or would like to)…
Paid annual leave
Pay in lieu of notice
Children not sent up chimneys, down mines, dodging shuttles
Protection from discrimination on grounds of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age.
Working hours/time legislation
Health and Safety protections at work Pension rights
Protection from wrongful/unfair dismissal Protection from unlawful deductions from wages
Protection for whistleblowers
Protection from sexual harassment
Equal pay for work of equal value
Flexible working arrangements
All rights won for you by a union. Who also won you the right to strike.
If you don’t enjoy the protections above, don’t complain. Join a union!
If you take things for granted, what you’ve been granted gets taken.