I was reading the newspaper “El Mundo” in one of my long trips during the last Christmas, when suddenly, and to my amazement, I found a story in which I read the following headline: “Young people accept minijobs. One out of two calls for very low wages in exchange for a few hours “….. Needless to say much about it, right? Especially after the last known reference of unemployment data (about 5,273,600 people without counting the number of self-employed workers).
I went on reading: “According to the survey, Sigma Two World […] The 49.6% of those between 18 and 29, is in favor and only 37.6% against. Spanish young people would be willing to accept lower wages in exchange for working few hours each month (15 hours per week) given the current situation”.
One can not imagine my astonishment to face such a proposal (or can measure). But what exactly are “Minijobs” … According to this article:
- Part-time contracts for low-skilled positions with a maximum salary of 400 €. Created in Germany in 2003, within the framework of Agenda 2010’s Social Democratic Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. No trades at Social Security, and therefore do not have health insurance and a minimum contribution pensions. There are already more than seven million contracts.
- In Germany, most of these jobs are held by women, who are paid about 250 € / month. Many of them have to be combined with public subsidies, adding mini-jobs or other jobs. Also, according to reports from the German trade unions, charge up to 400 € and the rest of the day, undeclared income.
- The “minijobs” did not create new jobs, only redistribute existing ones, therefore, has not solved unemployment problem in Germany.
- According to “El Mundo” between 1994 and 1997 existed in Spain a marginal partial contract, less than 12 hours / week or less than 48 hours. a month. However, there are hardly any records because employers almost used them. Also in Spain there are part-time contracts about less than 50% of the time and salary, commensurate with it, often below € 400 per month.
- Thus, minijobs does not have limit of hours, only a salary one: if it is over 400 € and below than 800, we are talking of a “minijob”.
And after reading all of this, I wonder if young people are really willing to comply with such a proposal? Miserable and unproductive? After much work and sacrifice? Where is our desire to fight to get a good job?
New generations of this country (I include myself) should rise up, not only against such proposals, but also tell our experiences in order to reveal what is our situation and reflect what consequences will be in the future.
Today’s post is far of scientific viewpoint but I wanted to make a stop along the way and show an example of what could happen to many future scientists and generations. Just to give an example, think about IPPC (Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe).
So I thank the newspaper “El Mundo” to expose and explain clearly and concisely this kind of news and make people inexperienced in this area to understand it better.