Low-paid Jedburgh workers’ generous and selfless sacrifice

The article entitled “Workers win group award” in last week’s Southern highlighted something we should all aspire to within the world of work.

Here we have a group of workers in the Jedburgh area who not only derive great satisfaction from having a job and earning money, we also see their generosity in raising large sums of money for local charities.

One of the forgotten areas of work interaction is the social side to being together. In mining communities in Scotland it was the generous and selfless sacrifice of ordinary workers that funded and built institutes that, in turn, introduced music and the arts to workers, creating a passion for things outside the normal drudgery.

Sports and gala days for the kids were funded, as were many other good neighbourly deeds that brought pleasure to those living in often poor social conditions.

At no time did these workers demand tax cuts in return for their financial donations, unlike our modern-day philanthropists.

I am sure the Mainetti workers in Jedburgh have also conducted their fundraising without any thought of what they may personally gain from this, apart from the pleasure of giving.

Well done, Jedburgh, and those other businesses that have already raised £29,000 for charitable causes and continue to do so, despite the difficulties of budget restraints imposed of late. These donations have not come from people with money to burn, which makes their efforts even more worthy of praise when you realise that the biggest majority of these workers will be earning on or slightly above the minimum wage.

Rab Stewart

Roberts Avenue