These situations have become so normalised we don't even see them anymore. It is completely accepted to compromise a proper and deserved wage for the 'cultural capital' you are given by the privilege of working for said employer. We are made to feel guilty if we leave on time, as if it shows lack of dedication. We are made to feel we should be 'grateful' for being offered a generous one year contract – as opposed to their typical six month contract for starters.
I've been offered the promotion I was hoping for, only to be told while they looked for the new hire I would have to do both roles...
I'm done with being exploited. And I'm done with pretending like this is all okay, "it's just how it is". No.
The same day you say there will be no pay rises this quarter, I see your ugly Acne clothes being delivered in boxes to the office.
What I present to you today are strategies for resistance. Ways to play their exploitation game, to turn the tables and stay under the radar.
I understand that not everyone is in the position to refuse working late – risk of firing is real for some. It may be that to not email on the weekends is a luxury you cannot afford. Perhaps it took you months to find a position in your field and an underpaid one was 100x better than none. That is why these small acts of resistance are humorous, fun and virtually invisible. All I want you to do is reclaim a small sense of autonomy, a little sprinkle of F YOU that can bring some alleviation to your day.
We begin the wise words of comedian Hamish Blake; ever reliable for work subversion.