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You know that self editing loop that you do.

Come on, we all do it – who might find this, who might read this, how might it be taken and then sometimes you say meh and just do it anyway – sorry that’s where I am and I reserve the right to take this down.

Well despite knowing that this might get read in the wrong way I’m posting it and I may regret it but at least it provides a data point for other people and perhaps a contrast to the tabloid perception of my way of life.

My husband works in the City and is on a project at the moment.

I work in the City too.

But my inability to work in the way my husband has over the last two months is the main reason I’m on the Mummy Track.

Mr left home at 7something yesterday and hasn’t been back since.  I think he managed to grab a couple of hours kip somewhere in his office overnight.

No more than that.

Its now 8.15pm.

And I have had a chat with him.

A chat that lasted 1 minute 42 seconds.  So far the shortest yet but not a lot shorter than our chats on the previous few nights.

A short chat with me rapidly telling him that all was ok on the home front and him saying he thought it was unlikely he’d be home anytime soon – perhaps tomorrow morning, perhaps not.

And when I read in the press that everyone who works in the City is a Fat Cat I know that, yes there are a few very senior people who make a stupid amount of money, the sort of money that can’t really be justified, an eye wateringly ridiculous amount of money.

But you see then there are the rest of the City workers who are working ridiculous hours and terms (remember our family holiday?  the one that didn’t actually happen?  that’s not unusual) but who can’t do anything about that because it is what is the done thing – because this is what we do and already 40% of our company have been fired and we need to pay our mortgage.

Perhaps next time you read the papers and assume that everyone who works in the City is a Fat Cat you’ll remember this.

I’m not asking for sympathy.

I’m not saying that City salaries are right.

In fact I acknowledge that there are other people who do these ridiculous, relationship destroying hours and we need to find a way to make sure that they get paid properly.  I have searched to find a link to send you to so you can do something but I can’t find a link to somewhere that campaigns for a just wage for jobs – if you know of one, please let me know so I can link to it – its a charity to I’d like to contribute to.

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12 comments to 1 minute 42 seconds

  • ella

    >Totally with you on this.

    I'm all for hard work being rewarded but I think jobs should be like capped mortgages, no-one should earn over a certain amount (which would be WAY less than some people earn now) and no-one should earn less than a minimum amount, an odd sort of mix of socialism and capitalism if you like.

    I don't often see my husband much either – it's no fun. And he's often working at home on weekends and holidays. He doesn't earn enough to justify that.

  • cartside

    >You know those working hours are illegal (under European law I think there's a maximum weekly hour count)? It's unhealthy, and simply wrong, it also means that if you have kids, usually the woman can't keep up with the career and is disadvantaged, or loses her job.

    A proper wage is one thing, but what really shouldn't happen is that people are expected or made to work long hours like this.
    People should be paid to work not give their lives to their employer. I don't accept the economic situation or city jobs as an excuse for this, it's bad enough in the city if you have the commute on top of working hours.

  • vegemitevix

    >Oh hun I do know and I do understand. I've been there and done that and lived through it. You have all of my empathy and an ear whenever you need it. Hang in there, this Vixen knows it's not as glamourous and 'fat cat' as it may appear. Big hugs Vix xx

  • Anonymous

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  • Very Bored in Catalunya

    >Not sure if I can follow up anon comment on account of not understanding it but I'll try.

    Long working hours are a pig, regardless of how much you get paid for them. Companies need to realise that employees need a good family/work life balance otherwise they are just going to burn their good people out.

    Hope you get to spend some quality time together soon. x

  • Whimsical Wife

    >Oh lovely mine works long hours too – but I suppose i'm lucky I at least get longer than 1 min 42 secs

  • Amy

    >It must be so frustrtaing not seeing each other whilst he has to work to keep his job and pay the mortgage etc.

    Is there anyway to balance family life and work? If someone figures it out please email me :D xxx

  • BECKICKLESIE

    >Those really are awful hours. I guess it's something you don't think actually happens; just something you see in films like 'What Women Want'.

    My whole family do ridiculous hours. Really stupid days. My H2B is a chef and works terrible hours, especially over Christmas. You're talking 100 hour weeks over the festive period. My mother also does long days, from 7.30am to about 9ish most days. No breaks for either of them. But I bet you'd gladly swap me for either of those.

    Hope you're coping OK chuck. I find it difficult so god knows how you're doing it with no help days on end.

    When needs must, eh!

    *HUGS*

    Becca xxx

    http://beckicklesie.blogspot.com

  • London City Mum

    >Is Anonymous sending a cryptic message of some sort?

    I can do that too.

    When I get a moment's break from the treadmill that is work/life/family/anything else.

    Agree with you re the perception about pay outside of the City. Sadly always the case of a few giving a bad name to many.

    Hugs
    LCM x

  • Mummywhisperer

    >I know what you mean about self editing: I've been feeling weird about admitting that I'm sending curly headed boy to a private school. Your post about being posh and working in London have encouraged me to 'out' myself ;o)

  • Bec (beetrootandgherkins.blogspot.com)

    >Hmmm this has been a real eye opener for me, my husband is a police officer, disgusting pay, looooong hours, high risk and all of that. I often joke that I could cope with the hours etc if he was at least paid a 'city' wage, but you've shown me that no matter the salary, when they are not around, it sucks huh.

    Hugs.

    Bec

  • Bec (beetrootandgherkins.blogspot.com)

    >Hmmm this has been a real eye opener for me, my husband is a police officer, disgusting pay, looooong hours, high risk and all of that. I often joke that I could cope with the hours etc if he was at least paid a 'city' wage, but you've shown me that no matter the salary, when they are not around, it sucks huh.

    Hugs.

    Bec

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