O.K this is nothing to do with Wally mart.(Wally = English English, for dumb idiot). But my experience of Temp,Agency; Zeitarbeit tend to confirm some points, I think:
We keep being told that the reason jobs are going from Germany to the Far East and other places, is that production is cheaper. We are constantly being told that we must work longer and longer hours, to make us “more competitive.” We are told that we earn too much, we must accept lower wages and fewer holidays, again to aid competitiveness. Really?
Then why are the prices of these “cheaper, more competitively produced goods” remaining the same, or even rising, in German shops? (Who is being ripped off here? We lose our work and are then are expected to pay for the privilege, adding to the profits of the very people that sacked us.) After all, this is nothing new; this eroding of workers rights has been insidiously introduced over a number of years. It is only the amount of people effected, I, e the whole of Germany, and the fact it has now become official Government policy, that has brought on the recent protests, both on the streets and in the polls.
I object most strongly to hearing in the worlds press, that I am earning too much and receive too many benefits. I am working 40 - 45 hours per week, plus 3 hours per day travelling, for less than €400 per month, I have to pay my own health insurance, plus €10 every time I go to the Doctors, dentist, or optician. I have to pay my train fares at €70 per month. I have to pay ALL my own rent. I get three weeks holiday per year, with no guarantee of having a job to come back to if I take even a single day. (as to “benefits”, I would receive €300 per month , and still have to pay everything.)
This is BEFORE the new reforms. This is a similar position to most people here. Try looking at “agency workers,” workers in firms smaller than V.W. Shop and other low paid workers, by far the majority of the work force.
The “wonderland” of the German worker described in the press is totally alien to most of us here.
During my school years, in the Seventies, we were told that modern technology would enable us to live “a life of leisure,” goods produced for “pennies” by a minimum of workers, with much shorter work hours. Social security and pensions would be no problem, because we would be making fortunes from the profits on goods produced for next to nothing.
The concentration of wealth in the same few pockets that profits have always filled. When the factory owners realised that they could halve the work force, at the same time doubling production, (I.e, those that are left do double the work.), and trebling or even quadrupling profits, (due to “beneficial tax schemes”, which are supposed to encourage them to take on more workers) does any one seriously think that their first thoughts were going to be philanthropic?
OF COURSE NOT! Their eyes lit up and thought of their extended Caribbean holidays, or the extra Christmas presents they could get for their fat headed, obese little bastards, born to their numerous mistresses, how much more they could pay to their pathetic little political friends to ensure more tax benefits next year, or to ensure they get the planning permission for their new swimming pool. Or the contract to supply U.S troops at war.
ARISE YE STARVLINGS FROM YOUR SLUMBERS....
Now THAT was a rant for a before coffee post.
Hope it makes SOME sort of sence.