The Socialist spoke to a young worker who contacted Socialist Youth looking for advice on how to stop intimidation at work.
“My workplace is located outside Toomebridge in County Antrim. We are being threatened by our boss with the sack if we refuse to work overtime. I don’t feel comfortable working there. It isn’t a healthy working environment when you are constantly under threat of losing your job if you don’t work overtime.
“The company has already made an ‘example’ out of some immigrant workers. A number of Polish lads were sacked because they could not work overtime. Now a Slovakian girl has been threatened she’ll be next if she won’t work on Saturdays, even though she expressly told the boss she can’t.” The company in question boasts that it has been awarded an ‘Investor in People’ award which supposedly ensures a ‘good working environment’.
“Attempts were made a few years back to unionise the workforce. But because of the intimidation, people felt too scared they would lose their jobs and it didn’t work.”
Socialist Youth is to investigate this employer with a view to exposing this intimidation and illegal practice.
If you have an issue at work and think something should be done about it, e-mail Socialist Youth at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 028 90232962.