Spoke with a colleague recently, who told he had not gotten a raise in 4 years.

He is one of the most productive person I know. The situation he is in is simply disgusting (no raise for 4 years and he is a single dad).

He told me he did not want to make a "fuss" and that he was happy to have a job. My response was something close to: "F* THIS SH* YOU NEED THE MONEY!".

I told him the goal of our company is to make him work as long as possible, for as little money as possible.

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I guess nobody ever told him that -- he looked really surprised and hurt. Not by me, but by our employer.

He is just a sweet, trusting guy, and he paid for it, his salary is just so ridiculously low.

F* this company and, especially, f* his boss and the HR people who let this happened.

@ParadeGrotesque sounds like a good time to look for a new job. His experience should warrant an easy offer with better compensation if he's so underpaid now.

@ParadeGrotesque @tomasino That's a sad situation to be in; and I think all too common, unfortunately.
This really is a life skill that everyone should learn - knowing your value on the market and how to productively utilize that information.
Your employer has that info, so you better hope you do too!

@GrooveStomp @tomasino

Up to a point, the only information you need is something like: "They will f* you 6 ways to Sunday if they think they can get away with it". It's pure greed.

Hence the need for strong labour laws and protections, consumer protection, etc.

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