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Crap jobs the norm
« on: Saturday, 20 January, 2018 @ 01:31:44 »
Greeks stuck in lousy, part-time jobs as government claims success

At 26 and as a recent graduate of Greece's top school for political science, Julia takes a deep, almost aching drag on her rolled-up cigarette before listing the jobs she has held in recent years.

First came waitressing, then student tutoring, then working with children at an activities center, then playing service representative for a mobile telephone phone company and now taking orders as a call center operator. Not surprisingly, all jobs have been temporary and bad-paying. But worst of all, the gigs have demanded full-time work for part-time terms of employment.

"You're hired for a weekly, 15-hour Friday-to-Saturday job and before you know it, your boss is calling you in, forcing you to work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays without extra pay, or time off," Julia says.

"You tolerate it for as long as you can because in crisis-crippled Greece," she quips, "that has become the working norm. Employment here is no longer about a lifelong choice with a path and prospects; rather, a living wage that helps you get by — barely."

In the startling statistics released this week, five in 10 Greek workers are owed an average of six paychecks by exploitative employers already paying part-time workers less than €500 a month. Women, meantime, receive 50 percent less than the already appalling rates, potentially giving Greece one of the biggest gender pay gaps worldwide.

And yet, officials claim, this is all part of a success story stitched together by the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras as it moves into the final stretch of its four-year term in power, while preparing to break free of austerity and bailouts later this year.