Originally posted by Merigold
It's only a problem for big business that doesn't give a hoot about YOU! It's all about the profits, damn the workers.
How does this only affect big business?
35 hour work week which gives a livable wage? It means you'd have time to raise your kids, know your neighbors, and have leisurely lunches
with your friends.
It's great they have the opportunity to do so NOW, but how long will it last before someone else is prepared to do what they are not and for less
money! How can they "grumble" when they become more "expendable" and lose those privaleges due to competition?
You must really hate the Month of May which is traditionally a very work shy month for the French.
I don't hate the month of May at all, but now you mention it, doesn't it sound a little daft...lots of people having holidays at the same time!
Great for an "Island mentality" maybe.
I work to live not live to work.
But if they lose that work or are not prepared to work more to keep up with inflation, how do they live, how do they afford to pay for their kids, the
wonderful social lives and the nice meals. And when I was talking about "café" meals, I was referring to the long "lunches", not dinners.
How many of you can afford a nice meal at lunch in a restaurant or café, 5 days a week?
With the price of fuel and food etc going up almost daily, where will that extra money come from to keep it a "livable wage" unless they put in more
hours? Yes they could demand more money but where does it come from?
Isn't it relative...it's not just big business that puts it's prices up you know. The french may be good at growing things but money isn't one of
This is not the UK and we don't have the widespread 24 hour infrastructure that some other countries have. Infrastructures that have developed from
workers who will work when it is needed, not just when they want and only for themselves.
Are you saying that france should just carry on it's merry way and not worry about the world outside....cater just for themselves. Remember that next
time you cruise through "ghost towns" at 7pm, run out of petrol and get hungry or need something important.
I suppose it comes down to the simple things in life...a loaf of bread, a bottle of gas so you can cook or a plumber to fix a leak. We learn to plan
ahead, it's the only way.
Typical example: "general" builders are few and far between and usually non-french, you must employ a stonemason, a plumber, an electrician, a
plasterer, a tiler, a roofer, etc, etc. None of whom will get involved in anothers "trade" and each is registered and insured for limited tasks
(beuraucratic beyond belief!). Each of them will provide a seperate quote IF they keep an appointment, and they will charge as much as they think
A lot of them are "micro-enterprise" individuals (self employed) and are permitted to earn a maximum of around 27,000 euros per year before going
into a higher tax bracket. If he/she can earn that money in 6 months, why would they bother working the other 6 months? Unless of course they work
"on the black" for cash in hand which seems to be the norm
This also creates a rediculous demand for their services which in turn helps the self perpetuating assurance of employment......but how long can this
last...how long before someone is prepared to work 10% longer for 10% less and when they are needed?
Charge as much as possible and work as little as possible. And if they ALL do it, what choice is there for the consumer but to accept the fees and
where is the competitive drive within the marketplace?
How long before they have competition from non-french people coming to france. Is this all part of a big plan to cause immigration problems and
revolution...... perhaps. I just think frances traditionalist ways, although respectful from a social point of view, will become a problem in the
years to come regarding the economy and the general standard of living.
They still live by the church clock in most places....tractors stopped in the middle of fields and the like!