By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw, head of industrial relations and other family members.
We have occasionally dealt with one or two minor issues at Tottenham Hotspur’s New WHL ground, which have put the date of its opening back from the summer of 2018 to, well, I am not sure but I suspect that is just because I have not been paying attention properly, and I know the date has been announced somewhere and all these games at Wembley have just been played there because the grass at New WHL hasn’t been painted green yet.
So I really am very dubious about stories that tell us that Tottenham have a problem with the payment of workers who have been employed by contractors themselves employed by the agency who were employed by Tottenham to see that everything happened on time.
This time it seems to be the electricians who have not been paid. It is said that their families can’t have a Christmas tree with lights because they don’t have enough money to pay an electrical tree specialist to come in and do the job.
The company in question seems to be BCL Recruitment who recruited a lot of alarm installers. At least the company had the wherewithal to come up with a unique line of explanation, reportedly saying “our funding line is now abruptly inactive”, which is rather droll, unless of course one is working for them in which case presumably one nips round there and pulls their plug. As it were.
There is also talk that contractors are working around the clock, but I really can’t see why. I mean why not take the clock down and allow everyone to have immediate access. It seems like another silly bit of whatnot from Tottenham not to think of that.
“Twelve hours a day, seven days a week and if you didn’t work at the weekends then you were looked badly upon,” said one. “People have been crashing with tiredness, going to sleep in cupboards.”
They also report that “Union representatives say it is one of the latest examples of the way in which the so-called “gig economy” is hitting traditionally stable trades. The agency was used by Tyco, a company contracted to install fire alarms at the ground.”
Continuing this line of investigation they have quoted Sam McDouall, chairman of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain’s electrical workers branch, as saying that
“The IWGB find it very difficult to understand how a football club that prides itself on being a club of moral distinction allows its contractors to act in such a morally and ethically poor way. Considering this will have a major impact on the electrical workers’ families and it’s a month before Christmas we are hoping for a swift resolution.”
And yes, I think there is a lot in that. The Guardian quotes a Tottenham spokesman said: “This is a matter between Tyco and its subcontractors.”
So it is helpful I guess that the match is being played at the Arsenal Stadium.
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