I've been lurking here for nearly seven years now and, when I first arrived in Geneva in 2011, I got friendly with my neighbour who said if I needed a good cleaner he'd gladly recommend his. She was being paid 25 chf an hour.
That was seven years ago, and four years ago Switzerland voted no to implementing a minimum hourly wage of 22 chf per hour.
We all know how expensive it is to live, rent, buy food etc here in Geneva, so why do some members think that it's acceptable to post adverts (usually under jobs or professional services) expecting people to work for an hourly rate that is less than 20 chf? Would THEY be happy to accept a job for that rate?
I live in a big building that is well known for being 'posh.' Yes, it's me and my family that lower the tone of the place, but it makes me sad to see maids, cleaners and nannies that either creep in to start work at 7am or are forced to live in, work very long hours and still make a pittance. It makes me angry that people who live in areas such as the Old Town, Chambesy or UN precinct think that while they can work at their high-paying jobs, they'll only offer a tiny hourly rate for someone to pick up their kid(s) from school, cook their meal, teach them French, help with homework, do the cleaning, take them to music lessons etc. Don't they have any feelings at all for the person who is not earning enough per hour to afford to rent anywhere in Geneva...?
My 17 year old daughter has regular babysitting jobs that offer her a better hourly rate for just sitting in the house while the kids are sleeping and the parents are out at dinner than some of the jobs on offer here. She says that the sites she uses for babysitting and petsitting (I'll try and find the links tomorrow when she's awake) even suggest hourly rates so that the babysitter and parent know what the fair rate is.
Am I being too naive here, or should glocals also perhaps take a look at each job and check that the rate on offer (which should be stated clearly in each advert) is a fair one?
I'd love to hear what the rest of you think.
Cheers and hope you all have a nice weekend,