Bosses will quake at this superb response to the person who drove a digger into a Travelodge

go fund me page for digger protester
Emily Apple

Footage of a man driving a digger through a Travelodge construction site because he hadn’t been paid has gone viral. In response, someone has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise the £600 owed to the worker and to cover any legal fees he might incur.

At the time of writing, the page has already raised around £4,000 in less than 24 hours. Many people have also left messages of solidarity.

The incident

Work on the Travelodge in Liverpool was complete when the man drove the digger through the reception area. The driver claimed he had not been paid for his work on the site and shouted:

I told you 600 fucking quid.

This video shows the damage done to the building:

‘Standing up’ for his rights

The fundraising page, started by Jack Wellon, recognises the situation the worker found himself in:

Many people in the building trade encounter similar situations week in week out and this guy has helped MANY tradesmen and workers to get paid on time and to stand up for themselves when its really needed.

Wellon states that:

I used to work in the building trade here in The Cotswolds and know how the industry can work.

And he wanted to do something to support the man for ‘standing up’ for his rights:

It’s amazing to see all the workmen, families and everyone helping chip together to support this guy after he really stood up for himself and his wages.


Not only has solidarity been shown through the money raised, but it has also come through the comments on the page:


Pay your workers!

The response to this video shows just how sick people are of bosses not paying wages and how many people wished they had done the same as the man in the video.

Driving a digger through a Travelodge might be a step too far for some people. But at the very least, we can organise and we can unionise. We can fight back. And whether it’s this one worker, cleaners winning better pay, or Deliveroo workers going on strike, people are saying enough is enough and taking direct action.

Featured image via Go Fund Me screenshot

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    1. I’ve been trying to find out who the main contractor is – every article just references Travelodge, who you would assume are the client.

      I have experienced working for some of the largest home builders as a contractor – they screw you down to the lowest price where there is almost no margin to win the contract, then when the invoice is submitted it they knock money off for arbitrary reasons. Then promise to pay you and don’t!

      I found out on good authority (from a QS working for a major builder), shortly before I left the industry, that the surveyors are targeted on reducing costs post works, and a proportion of what they save is added to the surveyors’ annual bonus!!

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