Has anyone done it or is it just better to leave your job, if you find it completely soul-sucking? Is that a cop-out? Anyway, my recent experiences have made me realise why it's so important to be part of a union.
Today I was actually IN TEARS because I'm finding it so stressful and there seems absolutely no leeway in my job. Was thinking if everyone at my work refused to do unpaid overtime, the place would be on its knees in about three days and no help of repairing the already fragile relations with its customers.
Everyone who works there is in their twenties - before I had this job, I worked in place where on average, everyone was around ten years older than me. It was a shit job, but they managed to sort out three weeks holiday on top of having every other week off (it was a night job) AND there would have been BLOODSHED if people were stopped from taking ten minutes out of the hour for a cigarette break. We had pay rises every six months, because of union action. I really wish I'd appreciated what they did for that place.
Are there going to be a young generation of people that know nothing about this? I'm thinking of trying to organise something at my place but I fear that people don't think a 'CV job' is worth getting better working conditions for.