Broke are their nets…(Psalm 124)

Here is a mailing which is good news:

Juliana shared an update on Paul Dacre: Living Wage for cleaners at the Daily Mail Check it out and leave a comment:


VICTORY for cleaners at the Daily Mail! Living Wage to be paid! Strike cancelled!
We have some amazing news. We have now been informed that our demands have been met and we will be paid the London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour. Thank you all for your amazing support. We couldn’t have done it without you! We really hope that our victory inspires other workers in our position to join a union and fight for a living wage. Our union is United Voices of the World.

Yes, this is marvellous success to which I only contributed my name and a few bob through

1. It will mean an increase of up to £6000 per annum for the people who clean the offices at the Daily Mail.

2. It defeats the opposition of their employer who refused their claim and threatened them with loss of jobs.

3.It is  a success for a fairly new union which represents mainly workers in London who are from minority ethnic groups.

4.It is a splendid riposte to Paul Dacre the editor of the Daily Mail who is opposed to immigrants because they bring down the wages of working people! In this case it is clear that wealthy employers try very hard to keep wages down.

5. It’s a victory for public support – a public petition gained 100,000 signatures.

I am gladdened by this victory, and I’m convinced that Jesus is too. The boldness and humour of the cleaners will have made him chuckle; he will have admired the inspiration by the Holy Spirit of this common enterprise for justice, and he will report admiringly to the Father another success in his perfecting of his creation.

Some readers may feel this language is over the top and beyond anything that I can rightly claim to know. But surely the whole aim of the gospel is to make us sure that human beings are pleasing to God, whenever they turn towards his justice. The real reason we don’t often depict Jesus as delighted with an industrial action, is because our usual media tell us that these are political matters, which are not in good taste and certainly not for inclusion in worship or prayer. As if our silence were not support for the status quo which is often unjust and offensive to Jesus our saviour, who came to save us from unjust employment amongst other evils.

The church likes to think it can remain relevant in a changing society: the national churches of England and Scotland are going to provide terminals in their buildings for card and electronic payments, spawning newspaper headlines such as “Let us pay.” This news comes ironically at the very time of year when we remember Jesus hoofing the traders out of the Temple. I reckon this plan indicates institutions in terminal decline….

I am sure that committed involvement in the struggles of citizens for economic justice and personal dignity is more “relevant” than computerising our tithes, and more likely to enjoy the blessing of Jesus.



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