And the lay-offs continue. No, not Spain, I’m talking about Gib now. This week at least three people are going from the site where Partner is working.
They are all labourers, two of them Spanish and one Gibraltarian who lives in Spain.
Now, the dole in Gibraltar is not generous, around £50 with another £25 for a dependent, and is only payable for three months – plus, the criteria include working for 30 weeks out of the previous 52.
But Spain, has a wonderful system. Or did have before Mariana Rajoy started on his cutback programme, so now it is marginally less wonderful.
People living in Spain, working in Gibraltar on the cards, are not usually too upset at being laid off, when they can claim 80% of their wages, and that isn’t just basic, it includes overtime. Nice huh? You get nearly the same money for doing nowt as you did for working. I don’t know the detailed figures but you get the idea – it is income-related and lasts for a long time.
It decreases over the two years – yes, Two! Years! – that you are entitled to receive it. Shame that, I mean shame it decreases over two years. I tell you, two years of dole money even at 60% on my last salary in the UK would have been extremely nice.
We know someone who was laid off some time ago, and has happily been drinking, gambling and smoking on the Spanish dole. He’s enjoyed himself so much he’s had a heart attack.
This incredible dole funding could well explain part of Spain’s parlous financial position (as well as funding a construction boom without a market).
As part of his ‘austerity measures’, Rajoy announced that after six months, the dole will be cut from 60% of previous earnings to 50%. Still not bad huh? Not when Gibbos get £50 a week for three months only.
Other Rajoy cuts included a rise in IVA (VAT) from 18 to 21% and at the lower rate (there are two in Spain) from 8 to 10%. Christmas bonuses have also been cut for civil servants (Christmas bonus?? I never got one when I was a civil servant..)
Yesterday there were more protests in Spain with miners, civil servants (firefighters, teachers, nurses) and unemployed people being joined by police.
More action is planned for tomorrow (Thursday), an official day of action organised by the main trade unions.
But back to Gib.
A survey conducted by the Gibraltar Health Authority shows that our population does not have a healthy lifestyle. What that translates to is being fat, not eating enough fresh veg/fruit, and smoking. Hey ho. I feel more nanny state intervention coming on. Perhaps the GHA has been reading my Clouds blog about food and obesity?
60% of Gibraltar’s population are Overweight or Obese
42% of Gibraltarians who are overweight are unaware that they are overweight
75% of men aged 45+ are overweight
75% of Gibraltar people do not eat 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day
– a significantly worse figure than in England & Wales.
29% of the population are smokers – a much higher figure than in England & Wales
31% of young people binge drink at least once a week.
Well none of that applies to me.
Speaking of me, I have received one of those taggy things which I rarely do, but thought this time I would play to entertain you all.
1. If you were in a situation where you have to spend the rest of your life with just one person around, who would that person be?
That pretty much sums up my life – and it’s my partner
2. What is your favorite book and why?
Don’t have one. But Hucklebones comes to mind because he was a lovely horse who finally learned to dance the onestep and got to go to the ball. Cinderella for horses in a way. It seems to be worth a bit of money now too :)
3. Name one movie that made you feel that you wanted to be in it (As a character and not an actor).
Like so many women, probably Scarlett O’Hara – independent, arrogant, selfish, clever, manipulative, beautiful, gorgeous clothes – what more could you ask for?
4. Do you like wearing any kind of accessories? If yes, which ones?
5. What was the name of the first friend you ever made?
Nicky at school and Lynne on holiday at our caravan
6. Which year has been the best year of your life and why?
1985 – when I was travelling around the world and met my partner
7. What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Lots. Prefer classical, but am known to play favourite pop records endlessly and dance around to them
8. Do you believe in spirits and ghosts?
Yes and no
9. Pick one out: A body massage in a Thai Spa or sitting in your bedroom window with a book, a mug of coffee and rains.
Difficult – but probably the book
10. What is the main reason you started blogging?
I like writing – and, it’s useful for a CV as a journalist to demonstrate that I continue to write and keep up to current affairs where I live
11. What does your name mean?
Pure. Could well mean pure BS, who knows?
Thanks to Shalvika for including me in her list of tag recipients.
If you like tags, feel free to check out her website and find the rules and join in.
Sources: Revolting Europe, Govt of Gibraltar, moneynews, and myLot