Sandwiches are on sale at Pret a Manger

Some observations about train strikes, Pret a Manger and life

Or #mishmash

If anyone ever asks you “Should we just grab a Pret?” just say no.

Say no to sadness, say no to uniformity, say no to a world where people think Pret a Manger is a good place to have lunch.

Sandwiches are on sale at Pret a Manger
This picture of Pret a Manger dates back to 2011 so maybe crayfish sandwiches were still on sale back then (“Good Eating @ Pret A Manger” by RussellHarryLee is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Remember the days when the Government was trying to make us feel bad about working from home by saying that people weren’t going to city centre Prets? Exactly.

As regular readers will know, I will travel across state lines for a sandwich. I have also dreamt about political events and sandwiches.

In my old house reduced price rolls were a big part of my life.

But in a world where there are so many things better than Pret we should always go better and do better.

As you might be able to tell I rarely visit one of their many many branches and when I did in the olden days the only thing worth eating was the crayfish and rocket sandwich.

But a recent work meeting where afterwards people could have their choice of Pret sandwich revealed that there really aren’t any good ones now that sandwich doesn’t exist anymore.

I think I selected some kind of Prosciutto thing in the end and just knew that in the sandwich shop round the corner I’d be able to get a bigger, freshly made sandwich for £1.50 less.

In the world of doing better, the UK is facing a summer of strikes with the RMT union out on Tuesday (June 21), Thursday and Saturday, bringing most train lines to a halt.

This piece explains the reasons why far better than I can.

Last minute talks stopped a bin strike where I live.

But it seems likely that there may also be ballots by teachers, NHS workers, criminal barristers and Royal Mail workers to strike this year.

So, why now? 

Well, in my view, people are as mad as hell and they can’t take it anymore.

When I was a local paper journalist the only way we could ever get the bosses to agree to a payrise was by striking.

And, similarly to the RMT union’s mass action across the country, we had to make it so people paid attention. We went on strike for two weeks because, as a weekly newspaper, it was the only way to be sure we were making management listen.

Striking (or threatening to strike) is one of the only ways workers have to ensure their rights are respected, that they are treated fairly and to get some kind of payrise.

So it is never helpful when journalists do vox pops at stations to ask how commuters have been affected by train strikes.

The answers they show on TV are usually along the lines of “I don’t know what they are striking about, they get paid enough money.” 

In these days of the cost-of-living crisis we need to stand together and support people’s right to try and get more money to support their families, instead of judging whether a job you don’t do is paid well enough.

Stay safe for another week!