Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

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I just wanted to vent my spleen about companies that do a bunk over to the Czech Republic because they pay cheap wages.

Now I work for Stannah Stairlifts and we had an opening of a new factory a year ago. We had our celebration do a fortnight ago and then we were told they were taking it to the Czech Republic. And then they turned around and said they would look after the workers and give them a good pay-off and we've just had our meetings and we are only going to get what we would have received anyway, the very minimum, like all companies do.

I know why they are doing it, because it's cheap wages but where does that leave the British workers if every company starts doing that, which more and more are?

It is going to backfire on us eventually, we are going to have more and more people on the dole and it's just not on.

You have 150 people working there, with young families, some people coming up to retirement, they are never going to get another job. Some people aren't bothered because they don't like working there because it's gone right downhill.

What I want to know is, how they can still say they are a British company, yet they are going out to the Czech Republic? It really makes my blood boil.

P E, Washington.

WE hear and read a great deal about the big banks and their methods and also the adverts every hour every day on TV, all about banking, credit cards and getting heavily into debt.

Some time ago I read several interesting articles all on this which I believe had quite a modicum of truth in them. It is said these banks and financial institutions need to make more profit and that the only way they can make a profit is to ensure through the advertising systems that the majority of people are always heavily and permanently in debt.

They do not care for the punters who are very careful and try to keep out of excess debt, they want people to get into more and more debt. I think it is a complete disgrace and this is just another side of the unacceptable face of our runaway capitalism. …

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