Work at half salary or loose job. What do you guys say?

India
June 28, 2009 8:31am CST
Hi all, i have been working for this company since the last 2 years. Have been doing good work. For my latest project, which got over a week back, i was also recognised by my client for excellent work quality. That was a week back. Now since my work is done, the company im working for is asking me to work half salary or quit. I found that both amusing and pathetic at the same time. I'm confused an i need help on this. Can someone suggest what i should do?
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@Margajoe (4721)
• Germany
28 Jun 09
I would not quit, but at the same time I would like some advice from a lawyer. This is not normal. Good luck.
• India
28 Jun 09
thanks for the advice... however its happening in a lot of companies over here... they say its recession time... n they aint got no money... i know its all lies... but cant do anything bout it...
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@Margajoe (4721)
• Germany
28 Jun 09
There is no law against it??? That should not be possible. Working for have salary does not sound realistic to me. I could understand that they shorten the hours or give a less salary. But cutting off half the hour salary is terrible!!! Good luck.
• India
28 Jun 09
lolz... but it is real... im in a company called Mastek... this came in the papers too.... but i thought it was over a couple of months back... funny thats it still continues to torment everyone...
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
7 Jul 09
That's quite a bad situation. If I were you, I'd stick with the job first and if there is anymore interest, to continue. But if the heart is no longer there, I would slowly look for another job and once I've bag it, to quit this one.
• United States
7 Jul 09
This is what I'd do as well. No poing in staying where you are not needed, but if you cannot find another job easily take it until something better comes along.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
7 Jul 09
I agree with you too, my friend...
• India
28 Jun 09
something is better than nothing so i would say in this recetion time work on a half sallary is more beneficial then loose a job.
• India
28 Jun 09
yeah... i guess... bad times... but hoping to get over them soon...
• India
28 Jun 09
yeah... hard times... hope it gets over soon... tc...
@whizkid08 (715)
• India
28 Jun 09
This is one of their smart tactics to get their work done and not pay the workers the deserved amount. But, in this recession struck time, you should stick to your job and hope for the conditions to improve so that you can regain your original pay scale. Yes, it will affect your expenditure and lifestyle but you have no other option. In the mean time, post your resume and approach the HR of other companies mentioning your experience, without fail! Who knows, it might fetch you another good job.
• India
28 Jun 09
hi... thanks for the response... i was plannin to do the same... n maybe build some amazing dependancy... n later ask for even higher salaries... wild thinking... lets see what happens... take care,,...
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 09
Been there, done that. If you stay at the lower wage.. when things get better.. they won't raise you back to what you were at.. They see you will work for pennies, so why bother raising you back up? They'll raise you a little but will say something like.."we are still struggling so we can't go back to the salary you had, so all we can do is an 75 cents an hour raise" or maybe add a few hours to the work day. Most will take it as they have no other choice and the employers know that.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 09
Check with your state, but in California..you can quit a job if they employer lowers your salary package by 20%. You can then quit and will be able to collect unemployment. I know this as it happened to me... my employer, instead of just saying "we don't have the work for you anymore so we have to lay you off" so that I could get the unemployment.. she just cut first my health insurance, then my bonus, then my salary - totalled to 29% of my contract/agreed upon salary package at my time of hire. So I quit, applied for unemployment. The Labor Board said I was in the right and Unemp would be granted but that the employer was sure to contest and I'd have to go to a hearing at the Unemp. office. She did, we did and I was granted the Unemp and her employment tax reserve account was charged..meaning she had to pay fines because of what she did to me. So check with your states Labor Board (kind of like the union for non-union people) and see what they law says about it. THen while on Unemp... look for another job. IF you don't want to do that or take the chance of not qualifying for Unempl.... stay working the part time hours and look for something else. Just don't do more than your part time hours. THat is what alot of employers do.. cut people to nearly nothing but keep expecting them to do their full time job's duties. And as long as you do your work well, they can't fire you for non-production. They will have to lay you off and you can collect Unemp then.