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"During his six years working for St Helens Council Education Department, Paul was, among other things, our in-house "languages expert", doing the translating, interpreting and liaison with our twin towns in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, Stuttgart, Germany and El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. His participation has enabled us to maintain strong links with all three towns, particularly in the field of education, where he set up and managed a very successful work experience programme for sixth formers"
Brian Mainwaring, Director of Education, St Helens Council, August 1995

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010 00:00

altWhat is it about bosses who don’t pay their workers here in Spain?

I know of a number of employers who seem to think it’s OK not to pay their employees!  Why is that?  Surely loyal, hardworking staff are the best resource a company has.  Most bosses I know, pay their staff first and foremost, before anyone else – surely the right thing to do, whatever the state of the business.

I’ve experienced the problem here myself in the past and so has an English lady acquaintance of mine who has recently “downed tools” till she is paid what she is owed.  A Swedish friend has recently resigned his job in protest at the large amount he is owed by his employers.

You might be thinking that this is typical of the Spanish, ripping off us vulnerable guiris, but, no, these were all English bosses!  Why is that? 

Popular myth would suggest that such behaviour is typical on the Costa del Crime.  I don't know whether that's the case, but these three cases all happened in small villages in the Serranía de Ronda. 

Whatever happened to good old English honour?  




Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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