||[Aug. 6th, 2005|08:43 pm]
I will be posting something about my first days at work, but right now: GRRRRRR!
I like the job - it's tough physically, but not as tough as I thought it'd be. It's just the fucking beaurocracy I can't stand.
My partner is off for a week, meaning I have no driver, which means that I'm out of work as well unless I'm teamed up with another driver. So I got called by a guy, Tom, from Door-to-Door who matches "Quality Contractors" (my job - known in the trade as "helpers" because that's what we do) with "Van Contractors" (known in the trade as "drivers"). He called me this morning to tell me that he was matching me up with a guy not too far from me, and he said he'd be back in contact with confirmation and details. It's now 20:55 - no confirmation.
This guy is getting on my nerves - like I said, I like the job, but the paper-pushing pansies can't even remember to ring people back to let them know what's going on. I mean, seriously, I worked for the motor tax office - do you know what reputation that place had for getting back in touch with people... it was undeserved, especially in my section, because we rang everyone back within the day even just to tell them that nothing had happened just yet, but that we hadn't forgotten about them. That is service - not ringing someone at 11am, and having them hang for a whole fucking day, after them saying that it's important not to let the driver down. Basically he asked me for a committment, meaning that he placed a priority on making sure that the driver had a helper. If he had placed a priority on it, then why is he leaving the helper in the lurch about details? If he can't be arsed about keeping me in the know, why should I be arsed about helping the driver?
The sooner Declan (my usual driver - heh usual, I've been on the job two days, and already I'm thinking of him as my usual guy) gets back the better - we had a good system going. Once we get into the swing of it, I should be pulling in ok money. The last two days were only worth about 60 euro at most, which isn't great going. Once we get our five runs a day, that'll be about 1.5 hours a run, five times a day making it 7.5 hours a day - 5 days a week being 37.5 hours a week, at 11 euro an hour (well it's 8.5 basic and then the 2.5 bonus later) being 412.50 euro before tax, on average. I know that that's pocket money compared with what I'd get with someone other than Declan (I'll explain in the post about the first day), but I still like it with him.
Anyway, beaurocracy sucks. Or at least this guy Tom doesn't seem to be able to remember to be somewhat decent to the people he's hiring.