LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13692 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
Their is no guarantee of vacation for USA workers. It is left completly to the employer, although the minimum is 2 weeks, usually after 1 years' employment. Usually the maximum is 4 weeks (20 days) and usually after a number of years (5 or more) at the same employer. This is in addition to the 'sick/medical (doctor's visits) days' or personal days/floating personal holidays (for family needs, religious holydays like those in the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other faiths than Christian). One often has 5 to 12 in total sick/personal days/floating personal holidays with pay per year. Some companies (like mine) will give you money for not taking up to 5 sick days a year. We also have laws that protect people whom need to take time off for medical, family needs/medical leave unpaid, but with some employment protections.
FlyingNCL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
I get the minimum at my work - 5 weeks, goes up to 6 weeks after 5 years i think, in addition we get all the public holidays and a few other 'privilige days' - Queens birthday etc..
Also.. I can take up to 48 extra days off per year as i work flexi time, so say if in one week i work more than 36.5 hours (standard week), then that is extra time to take off, or i could just work shorter days. - and of course unpaid leave for longer holidays (i did this for my 5 week trip to Australia)
Not bad i don't think!
(I work for a UK Government department HQ by the way)
Pope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
Has to be the Netherlands. The shmucks in our office there once sent out an e-mail saying that they would be closed for Thanksgiving. When I called them on this they said that if the head office was closed, they thought that they shouldn't have to work.
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1466 times:
I get 25 days paid holiday per year with 10 days public holiday (2 more than UK ). I can get up to 16 weeks paid sick leave (if I have a serious illness) but BA have tried to crack down on sick leave and make it hard to take time off even if you are contagious. I can also work TOIL (Time off in lieu) which can net further days.
Going on strike has absolutely sod all to do with the holiday or sick pay Europeans get, and all to do with working conditions, practices and associated things. Personally I wouldn't ever want to strike, but for some workers thats the only thing left. And not everyone enjoys paid holidays, sick pay and bank holidays. Many part-time workers still get shit on from a great height.
Striking helps to increase the number of days that we don't have to work.
It's not realised by many outside Europe, but all strikes are secretly agreed with the relevant authorities who ensure that any single group of workers doesn't exceed their 'strike quota' in a single year. When you see one particular group of workers having a major strike, they probably have a local agreement that stipulates that they can 'float' some of next year's strike days in to the current year. Obviously, in this case, next year's strike quota will be reduced accordingly.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
Misbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1389 times:
It's not always bad in America! I have 23 working days of vacation, unlimited sick days (none of which I have ever used) and 10 public holidays. In addition, there are numerous "early" closings on days before holidays and other "special" days, like the 6 days we're closed for July 4th. On top of that, I work on only 1 of every 2 Fridays on average.
In spite of all that, I still end up working between 50-60 hour weeks.
I used to work in France, way back in 1998-99. And that was great! I had 6 weeks paid vacation and I could take it all at once if I wanted to! Sure taxes were much higher, but there were many other benefits I got in return, including travel between work and home, meals, healthcare, etc etc etc.
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4653 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1376 times:
I just checked the Canadian labour code website and by law in Canada any employee must be given 2 weeks paid vacation per year for the first six years of employment. After six years you get 3 weeks
What a bunch of crap. Of course many companies will offer a bit more time off but still nowhere near as much as Europe. Many people here don't even take all of their alloted time too! They'd rather work themselves to death so they can have that SUV they can barely afford
For me? I want the hell outta here. There's more to life than work.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14706 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
I also have unlimited sick days (first 6 weeks fully paid by the boss, afterwards 60% of the net salary paid by the health insurance), but I rarely use them. I only use them when I´m really down with fever etc. and then just for the absolute minimum. Actually I despise workers who call in fake sick, because their work gets left for their colleagues to do. Within the last 5 years I´ve been sick for less than a week.