House of Commons
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EDM #2233
Tabled 11 October 2011
2010-12 Session
That this House notes that 43 workers at Sotheby's Auction House in New York were locked out of their place of work by their employer in July this year for refusing a new contract that would cut their hours, pay and pensions, as well as replace several experienced unionised handlers with temporary unskilled employees; commends these workers, who are mainly low-waged ethnic minority workers, for the honourable manner in which they have fought to get their jobs back and defend their membership of their union, the Teamsters, despite the intense hardshipthey and their families have been forced to endure; further notes that representatives of these workers have come to London to make their case to their employer on the day of the art auction at Sotheby's London, and that this art auction will see at least half a billion pounds pass through Sotheby's hands; condemns the contrast between the elite culture of Sotheby's and the poverty imposed on hard-working employees in order to boost Sotheby's profits; and calls on the Sotheby's board, which includes James Murdoch, to abandon its strategy of breaking unions in order to drive down the terms and conditions of low-waged workers who are trying to support their families.

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