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March 9, 2011

Some companies can be abusive to employees…..

by Rod Smith

“I read the letter from the man saying that putting his spouse and family above his career is impossible. I am the sole breadwinner in my home. I have been working at a company for several years now and my salary is lower than it was when I joined them. I am told on a regular basis that the job I am currently doing does not warrant the salary I am being paid and they can get someone to do my job for half the salary. They keep adding responsibilities for which I earn not a cent extra. I am caught between a rock and a hard place. If I complain they will find a way of reducing my salary. If I keep quiet they will continue to abuse me. There are some days that I don’t say three sentences to my spouse. I empathise with your reader and his concerns about providing for his family. I am doing what I do to put a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, clothes on our backs. I know that you are 100% correct in your response but unfortunately in the South Africa’s working world many are battling to keep heads above water.”

Thank you. It is clear I am out of touch with how abusive some work environments can be.