Before I start ranting, a few explanations are in order. To anyone not familiar with our system, a high school or college student can legally work, which becomes part of their income. Students are contracted and paid through a private business mediating “small” jobs for students.
Student organization of Slovenia has recently produced a video regarding working hours of students. They are banging the drum to rally students against a proposition of a bill that may be passed into law. They claim forced reduction of working hours, which will, according to their forecasts, result in streets full of homeless students… or something. In the video they also claim a student requires around 500 €/month to “survive”. There are also other outrageous claims, which you better see for yourself.
Students are contracted to perform a number of tasks, from bar-tending to high skill jobs like working on a multi million € projects. Students are often (most of the time) equivalent to a newly graduate, which makes it harder for a young unemployed person to compete. My biggest beef with small jobs for students is the way business owners exploit it as a means to get cheap labor force. In a sense I understand them, as it’s more economical to get a student(s) who does work equally well as a regular hired person would. I feel this issue needs to be addressed as a priority. This would not only take the load off of a busy student (don’t laugh), but will also stimulate to hire more young people, who are most vulnerable when seeking or keeping employment. This is why I’m more in favor of making newly graduated student more attractive to hire over students. In my opinion this could be elegantly achieved with amending current laws.
I feel small jobs are a way of destroying what several generations of people have shed sweat and blood to get working rights as we have them today (paid leave, sick days, working hours…). Students are forfeiting a number of acquired rights hand over fist, which I think should be stopped.
At last, I think this deserves at least a mention. In the entire video, they fail to mention that the Organization has a direct stake in this. The Organization is funded by a certain percentage of earnings from mediating small jobs and with slashing of working hours, their piggy bank will shrink. They fail to confront the listener/watcher that they are using public funds to promote the security of their jobs.