This was largely because your average Polish plumber or builder took the revolutionary approach of turning up when he said he would, and doing whatever the work agreed within the allotted timeframe – rather than knocking a hole in the lounge wall, then disappearing for weeks to take up a more enticing offer.
Couldn't have phrased it better.
And all that for a decent price, if I might add.
But at home, Poles do not consider themselves hardworking. Some even suggest that communism has created a nation of lazy bones.When the Soviets were in charge, there was (officially, at least) no unemployment, with everybody working for the state. With little possibility of being sacked or promoted – and with many of the goods manufactured heading east to the hated Russians – there was virtually no incentive to work hard. Some say that attitude prevails today.
What is your opinion?
I'll try to unravel this puzzle.
Last time I checked, the minimum wage in the UK hovered around 6 quid.
Polish minimum wage is officially around 1.500 zloty/monthly, which comes down to 8 or 9 zloty per hour ( 1.7 bob ) if one works a 40 hour week. And a lot of people get paid less or work illegally or other shenanigans.
A lot of Polish people in the construction industry in the UK work very hard because for the first time in their life they're seeing adequate money for their work.
Seriously, if someone offered me 1.500 zloty per month for working a construction site I'd take every chance in the world to slack off.