On the subject of staff….

The last we heard of our waitress who has worked for us for the past two seasons was a phone call around the beginning of December to say that she wouldn’t be able to work for us over Christmas as she was going to the Savoie in search of winter work. I was quite excited for her as it sounded a bit of an adventure. She was going off in her clapped out camper van that her Dad had been restoring for her and was going for it.

We heard from a client the other day that she had, in fact, gone nowhere but was living with her boyfriend, two huge dogs and a cat in his studio apartment. Now I can accept the fact that she
decided to stay in Vernet (a bit less exciting perhaps!) but are we such terrible employers that she’d rather not work at all than work occasionally for us? Well, I don’t want to go there!

In any case it does highlight the fact that having qualified for unemployment benefit by working for us for six months, she gets a percentage of her pay each month and doesn’t actually NEED to work. Imagine how many thousands (millions?) of French do this. It’s a wonder that the State is not bankrupt but it IS why small employers like us cannot afford to take on more staff, as it us that bankrolls the payments through unsupportable high charges on said employees.


About chefinheels

We own and run a small restaurant in the Pyrenées, South France. Tiffany is in charge of the food and Dave, her husband, does everything else.
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