Working for free

27 Jan

Like I do these days. You know I have never imagined waking up and going to my place of work and doing more than my contracted time and be paid for only my hours. What exactly gets people voluntarily working for free.

I can imagine a bit on why one would work extra hours but I am actually thinking of they who will work for many many years for no pay. My neighbour (in Bulawayo) or is it former neighbour’s wife is a nurse for the council. There is a time of dire sadness when she was telling us how she worked without pay.

Many of my former colleagues at the then giant NRZ went for years with either no pay or just a part there of. There really should be something called personal contract one with self. Something that I assure myself that I can not take this for anything. Like no one can just decide to use me and get away with it.

Why would a plate layer or and his whole gang wake up and go to work knowing that whether they type or hand print their time sheets they just won’t be paid. Sounds painful. But they did for many years. They would work as hard as they had always done. They would still observe lunch hour. They would still apply and be granted annual leave/holiday.

The probably still had their Bob Smile membership. They still owed matshonisa. And maybe still had a scud or two for a beverage. What a miracle!

I am not sure how this kind of hold is established. Could it be because they hoped the following month would be the month. Could it be because they trying to protect their terminal benefits? Is it because otherwise they would be doing nothing. Perhaps fear that when they walk out the ones remaining behind will have the last laugh?

It must be tough but it is more like being suspended without pay but expected to turn up for work.

5 Responses to “Working for free”

  1. feminineallegiance February 3, 2015 at 10:09 #

    but then again, even if someone wants to keep at it, they know that the pensioners are also not being paid well, so what pension are they working for? I assume kuti that is the benefits they want?

    on a more real tho, I find that it is a case of ppl wanting to save face and “be employed” aka “ndiri kuenda kubasa” aka “at least I have a job” kinda mentality n thinking which is some sort of status pressure we put ourselves under. Shame, indeed

    • jkamchacha February 3, 2015 at 15:33 #

      Kitty’s kunzi vaShoko irovha. I agree with you

      • feminineallegiance February 7, 2015 at 15:11 #

        zvakaoma kani. ASi pawabata Shoko apo, waakuda kubata bata vekangu. kkkk

      • jkamchacha February 7, 2015 at 19:12 #

        VamaNcube ndazvibatabatawo ip apo mwana we.

  2. feminineallegiance February 10, 2015 at 06:45 #

    lol, hanz ndazvibata batawo. kkk

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