Enter your Username and Password
Fill the given fields for singing up
To begin with, the job is just a cleaning job, while a college graduate (and Annie is a college graduate; a Dutch college graduate with an Associate’s degree, I should add) would have expected something better. Another unpleasant thing is that Annie must be at her work at 6.00 a.m. every morning, five days a week. To be in time for her work, she has to cycle 10 kilometres..so you can do the math about how early she must get up. ‘It’s not a big deal: I am an early riser,’ – she says, to convince herself rather thans somebody else, I believe.
Annie’s salary is just a little higher than her unemployment allowance was. This means that her real income is now somewhat lower than at the time of her unemployment: once you earn just a little more than unemployment allowance, your apartment rent subsidy and your medical insurance subsidy decrease. So, by getting such a job, you don’t gain anything financially., you only lose. There are, however, few choices, if any. If you don’t accept the job they offer, you are very likely to lose your unemployment allowance. And then you have nothing at all…
No matter how difficult it may be, Annie is really glad. ‘I was sick and tired of Social Security,’ – she says. – ‘I just could not bear it anymore.’ This is the reality of today’s Holland (and Belgium, and France, and other European countries). College and university graduates have to work as cleaners. And I sould not complain: I have M.A. diploma from a European university and a secretarial job.