Such a dilemma.
Animals or people. Animal rights, people rights. Dead lions, dead elephants, well just dead animals really.
What to write about?
Anyway, for once human rights win out, so I’m not joining the poor dead hunted game animals rantalogue for once. I’ll write about people.
People. The ones who also deserve a few rights. Maybe.
Partner has been working nights. In pubs. When they are shut because greedy landlords don’t want to close during the day and lose money, so he does the graveyard shift, starting around 11/11.30 and comes home some time after 6 am.
Firms won’t touch this sort of work. It incurs treble time. Partner is lucky to get ten pounds an hour. He struggles to get that during the day.
Meanwhile, I’m scouring the Internet for work in Gib and notice a couple of items. A cleaner. Charges ten pounds an hour. She holds the key for five apartments. My partner has a five year apprenticeship and trade qualifications. He can tell you more about chemical properties of paint and related things than I can with my chemistry O level.
People do not want to clean. Amazing. They will pay anything not to clean. They won’t pay for decorators though.
A Portuguese guy on the Internet wants a job so that he doesn’t go home as a failure. Gee whizz. Plenty of Gibbos want jobs too. Sadly, my heart is not breaking for you. The Gibraltarian market is over-saturated as it is.
Apparently someone else on the Gib Internet is really cheap. Only charges £25 an hour for handy person jobs. I wish. I can’t even get that for editing.
(NUJ recommended rate £27 an hour.)
Still, back to the pub job as was. Take down pictures, repaint, and rehang them.
Except when it came to rehanging, the pictures weren’t safe. The fixings weren’t secure. The screws were broken.
Basically, they could have fallen on staff or public. This was a big safety issue.
I suggested the boss might want to get his maintenance team to sort it. Done.
But next day, handyman was busy. Instead, we should do it as part of the job.
Just to explain, rehanging in the same position is not the same as repositioning and drilling four new holes per frame. So that was a no. Repositioning was an extra.
He refused to pay extras for the work.
I told Partner to take his tools off the job and walk.
Partner paid his employee for two nights work. Out of our pocket, obviously.
Speaking to people, some said, you should always pay your staff. Others said, if I wasn’t paid, they don’t get paid.
I must be getting extremely old and out of the game. As far as I am concerned if someone agrees to work for us they get paid. Our issues are not their’s. If they carry out the work, they get paid. Simple? Maybe not these days. And surely, safety is a priority?
But while the world continues to corrupt itself, we exist in our microcosm of morality.