Wednesday 5 February 2020

I Have Taken a 10% Pay Cut

This is due to the fact that I have not received a cost of living increase year over year, and the last pay increase I got came into effect on July 1, 2014.

I did a little inflation adjustment calculation this morning out of a bit of morbid fun, and I found out the dismal news. I am making 10% less than I was on July 1, 2014.

Over time inflation has eroded my pay. As we all know if you are not getting a cost of living increase you are getting a pay cut each year.

Yet anytime anyone (such as me) suggests that everyone get a cost of living increase we are: 1) labelled a communist and 2) told that all of western civilization would crumble.

We are told of costs spiralling out of control if businesses don’t get to enact their basic right of paying you less every year and telling you it’s fair.

I have not asked (or demanded) a raise because I hear Boss complain all the time about costs and lack of profits, etc, generally the woes and blues of owning a business.    

I also wish to remain employed and I can already imagine the shock, horror and insult that would permeate the berating that I would get for even suggesting such an insulting (and ungrateful) thing. 

(How dare I expect to at least break even year after year.)

I am not alone and so I put this out there to shine a light on how unfair it is for an employee to gain knowledge, work wisdom and experience in the job that you do each day, each year, year after year, yet still be expected and required to work for less and less year after year.

I know, I know, everyone says, “if you don’t like your job, get another one.”

There is always the fact that I like my job and I know it and the perils and pitfalls of working where I work and doing what I do.

I am not saying to get an automatic raise, just a cost of living increase. I just want to make the same amount I did last year as I did this year.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

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