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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, June 15, 2008
    Crowded, out
    Anyone walking along Lorenzo Drive last Monday had to go round a large crowd of people outside Sayers. It was a crowd of people who had all worked at that factory and had just been made redundant.

    As I'm sure you know, staff at the Sayers factory turned up to work on Monday morning when they were told to leave the site, because their jobs had gone. They had worked their usual month but were then locked out and told that the firm would not be paying their salary. They've now got to wait up to six weeks to receive any redundancy pay from the government.

    So the crowd outside Sayers was a shocked crowd, a stunned crowd, and as time went on an angry crowd too. John Higgins, a bakery workers union organiser told the Echo: 'There was no warning whatsoever. We have an awful lot of angry people. People have been going into work and been sent home.'
    On Crowds: a sermon for the staff of Sayers, today. Archive stuff on Sayers, here.