7/7 Roadworks

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7/7 Roadworks

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Today's daft idea from the government. Now that it has discovered the the NHS does work 7 days a week after all, it's turning its attention to road menders. They will have to work 7/7. I'm not a great one for the Sabbath Day Observance Society but I do think folk, even road menders, deserve their week-ends off.
So how's it going to work? If a hole gets left unworked upon on Sunday the council and/or the contractor gets fined. Now note that a fine is just a transfer of money from one part of government, the council or a contractor or utility company, to another part of government, the Treasury. Either way it's daft. Anyway to avoid fines people will be employed to work on Sundays, even when they don't want to so they will have to be paid lots and that puts everybody's costs up.
Who gains? People who want to drive fast on Sundays. Bah! let them cycle.
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No-one should have to work more than three days of the week.
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emordnilap wrote:No-one should have to work more than three days of the week.
Yep, that why we had the industrial revolution and invented machines and stuff. Trouble is the rich kids nicked all the machines.
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biffvernon wrote:
emordnilap wrote:No-one should have to work more than three days of the week.
Yep, that why we had the industrial revolution and invented machines and stuff. Trouble is the rich kids nicked all the machines.
Or the money that they earned from them.
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Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of working on a Sunday this all seems pretty pointless to me. Putting myself in the position of a utility I'd put a body there with a broom i.e. the roadworks are manned , and either give that person a day off in the week or pay him overtime. Even at double or triple time one man's wages for one day won't be anything close to the £5000 fine. Net result is either a slight increase in costs or a slight decrease in productivity as there will be a man down one day in the week.
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Yes, I can see a lot of employment for contract lawyers leaving less money for mending potholes.
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