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the first of many four day weeks.

September 21st, 2010 at 11:36 pm

So yesterday I recieve the news that I am now downgraded from two days to one day a week at my book-keeping job, and my pay will be cut in half per hour as well. Not sure when it was supposed to start, but I was so annoyed that I decided to not go in to work today. Not sure they will miss me, because I was pretty mad yesterday. I mean, I understand hard times call for these measures. But I don't think they need to be that extreme. If I were being that extreme, I would not cut a workers pay to a quarter of what it was. But anyway. This is why I am annoyed:

- DF's pay will be cut. Not sure how much, but he sacrificed $1.50 per hour a year ago to give his apprentice a pay rise. That apprentice has since qualified and left, and DF did not regain the p/h rate. He also only gets paid a max of 8 hours per day but is sometimes away from home for 12 hours. Frown
- DF's apprentice is being cut from 38 hours a week to just 15 (so is going from full-time to part-time).

And the owners of the business, DF's dad and my mother...?

Nope. That's it. Oh I think they said something about 'oh and we will have to cut back too...' Which doesn't really mean anything based on past events.

Anyway. So yes, I'm very annoyed right now. But I am trying to make the most of it.
I have listed 5 items on eBay and 4 have watchers, and 1 already has a bid.
I'm going to catch up on some internet surveys. Even if it's only a couple of bucks I am sure it is worth it.
Also I plan to do a spot of gardening. It's rather overcast and raining today, which is probably the best conditions for it anyway.
I'm going to get some laundry done and do a lot of cleaning up. We have guests staying on Friday night, and are going away on Saturday for a friends childs first birthday.
I also have to find a tiny little tshirt to screenprint as a gift.

I am going to drop some hints at work and try to pick up another day - otherwise I will begin to look for some part-time work elsewhere. At the moment I am just not very confident in myself, I have had the same jobs for 8 years and 5 years - I am not so sure how I would go in a new environment, you know? I guess it's just the new-job jitters. But, I think I'd like something customer-service-ey or food-industry related - something where I can go and not have to think too much, as with the family business it was all worry, stress, worry, stress. And coupled with starting uni I think the least amount of thinking I can get away with at work is a good thing!

6 Responses to “the first of many four day weeks.”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Ugh! I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope things turn around one way or the other.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    Good for you for looking for alternative income sources. I do surveys at a bunch of different places if you would like referrals.

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  3. baselle Says:

    You are young and have a stable work history, two qualities in demand. And you worked amongst crazy family members. Regular business activity compared to crazy family would hopefully be refreshing.

  4. retire@50 Says:

    you have the right attitude and are willing to work which is always a plus for any employee. I'm sure you will do great and you never know what new opportunities will open up for you in a new job.

  5. whitestripe Says:

    thanks guys Smile crazyliblady: i will check those out. unfortunately a lot of great ones don't work for me in australia, but I am a member of two that give me about $50 every six months without much effort (meaning... I ignore 9 out of 10 surveys... Big Grin)

  6. Jerry Says:

    I'm really confused about how DF could accept a pay cut for the apprentice, but then the company will not offer some insurance that he might receive that back when the apprentice leaves. That seems pretty lame, to me, and it leads me to wonder about the owners! I hope it gets better soon...

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