Job agencys, (temp working), whilst not invented by the cow, were made into one of the major employment systems in U.K, NOW Germany.
They can demand you be ready to go and work ANY WHERE in the country at an hours notice. They can sack you without notice.
Basically you work all the hours there are, doing the crapest jobs, for the minimum pay. THEN she turns round and says she cured unemployment.
Due to the “Social security” system in U.K. and Germany (both countries where I have experience), I must “take any job offered”. Regardless of where, when, or amount of pay!
That is slavery.
I work in a factory with a twenty four shift system, seven days on two off. The pay is crap, but… na ja, more of that later. The main problem is the bosses idea that “you can do what you want in your free time”. Really? First, I have a two hour train journey to and from work. Make that now a twelve hour day.
For early shift I have to get the train at 03:00hrs, therefore I have to be in bed for nine>ten O’clock. During the day I have one ten minute and one twenty minute break, unpaid. The canteen is at least a fifteen minute walk, right at the other end of the factory. Hence, a break sitting at the machine.
Late shift finishes at 21:00, home for 23:00. A shower, something to eat, bed. Night shift 23:00>05:00.
Now, I would ask the boss, “what free time”? If I don’t have any sleep, or have a few beers, smoke a joint, and turn up the next day unable to do my job, we soon see what is meant by “free time”. I have to fit shopping, laundry e.t.c. into this as well.
O.K. many people have to do this, it does not make it right.
With such working conditions as I have described, how can I join a hobby club? All those I know are normally on a Tuesday, or something, at 18:00. Combat flower arranging, full contact origami, any “learning” courses, are out. What is the use when I can only turn up on my day Off, which itself changes from week to week? The same goes for any kind of social club. To turn up once a month, or less, doesn’t even give you time to get to know any one well enough to propose you!
Restrictive practices on free time pursuits.
That is slavery.
Because most jobs, now, are “agency” (Zeitarbeit, in German), I am earning €3,50 per hour. I do not know the exchange, but, I am working next to permanent workers, doing exactly the same job, who are earning €15>20!
Why? Because the agency are charging the “host” firm €20>30 per hour for “supplying” them with a worker. Naturally they want their cut, so I get 3,50. This type of work is, throughout the “Western” world, normal now.
A major problem with this, is that the “host firm, paying €20>30 per hour, expect that much work out of the agency workers. A favourite phrase of bosses here is “zack, zack!” (meaning “quick, quick!”). I tell you what pal, for €3.50 per hour your “zacks” are severely limited! (to say nothing of life expectancy). What was that about Paying peanuts and getting monkeys?
People profiting from the labour of others? (as opposed to profiting from the product of the labour).
That is slavery.
And ALL thanks to the Thatcher cow. I have not spoken of the "enforced savings", or "The police and criminal evidence act", or the cutting back of doctors to such an extent that 50 > 60 hour shifts are "normal" in U.K hospitals for emergency doctors. THATS NOT PER WEEK, THAT IS PER SHIFT.
I bloody HATE Thatcher.