And you thought life was brutal in the United States! (At least those of my readers from the US.) Imagine what you might have to put up with if you were a library worker in Australia. (Or do put up with if you're one of my Australian readers.) Check out this story from the Green Left Weekly (you should click through; there's a cute little picture of Che on their banner):
MELBOURNE — On August 16, 60 workers employed by the Moonee Valley City Council attended a lunch-time rally to protest against attacks on the working conditions of library workers. Australian Services Union assistant secretary Brian Parkinson told the rally that the council's CEO was trying to change weekly working hours in the library from 35 to 38.
Scandalous! Increasing the work week from 35 to 38 hours! What horrors will those Moonee Valley City Council tyrants think of next? Cutting the lunch hour by three minutes? Banning Vegemite from the staff lounge? Where will it all end?
Oh, sure, who cares about Australia? I know what you're thinking. It can't happen here. Well, that's what the Austrians thought in 1938, and then there was a little thing called the Anschluss. Next thing you know, we'll start having to work 38 hours a week! Then you won't feel so superior, now will you?