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Do You think employees should take a stand and denounce the monopolistic power used by their employers? For ex, making you work 45h a week?

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It's your job.
Your employer is your boss.
Within reason, he will dictate your job and hours.
He will tell you what to do.
He will tell you when to do it.
He will tell you when to eat lunch.
The life of an employee has been like that for a loooooong time. No one is making you stay at your job. It's time to look at life like an adult, be thankful that you have a job.

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Heck to the YES!!
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Spit_n_Fire
Oh brother HD, dontcha know it...try 80/90hours a week if you own your own business, right ? A 45 hour a week job there are plenty others who would love to have that job.
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Right SnF, especially since a lot of companies are cutting hours and full time staff are working 24 hours a week. Can't live on that.
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I think some people do, but in my opinion, you should quit and sue instead of losing your job.

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I think you should quit & give your job to someone who WANTS to work!
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I agree with MrBillC
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Yes, to MrBill
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Try working 70 hours a week like I do.

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MrMoJoRisin
Some people don't know how good they've got it! Good morning, lady!
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Top of the morning to you, my friend!
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Hey TL!! Keep it between the ditches! 8)
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Definitely on the top of my list Ravin!
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45 hours a week for most professional jobs is normal. Most businesses that require that of employees are not monopolistic, and as long as they pay overtime, they are within legal grounds to require it. However, if employers are making unreasonable demands or demands contrary to employment contracts, it is very important for individuals and groups of employees to take the lead in denouncing unjust practices.

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There are two things you need to look at.

1) What does your contract say? If you do not have a contract, you do not have an argument.

2) What are the labour laws in your country? Your profile says Paris, so I am assuming Paris, France and not Paris, Texas. Most of the users here on ASK.com are Americans, with another good percentage from Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and India. We are not familiar with your laws and cannot advise you.

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I am in America l
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Well then... somewhere in your workspace, in a common area (like a breakroom or near the timeclock if you punch in and punch out, or even near the bathroom entrances) is a poster that lists all the rights you have under federal and your state's labor laws - including length of work day and work week. If it is not listed on that poster, you have no rights. If you have a question, there should be a phone number or website for you to use.
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No I wish I could work 45 hours a week I work on a farm 70-80 hours a week thats seven days a week and I dont get paid overtimefarmets arent required to pay it. So all you people out there that bitch because you work a little overtime try farming for a month you will like your job a whole lot more

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Exactly!!
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MrMoJoRisin
Been there done that, Glenno. Great answer!
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Spit_n_Fire
That's right...plenty of people out there that would break out in tears of joy if they had s chance to work 45 hours a week.
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MrMoJoRisin

45 hours a week would be a walk in the park for me. Try 55-60 in a factory. Even if your work place was to go union, you're not going to stop 5 hours of o.t.

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Right on! And that 55 - 60 hour week in a factory with no heat or air can feel more like 100 hours!!
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MrMoJoRisin
Oh don't I know it! They claim the place has a/c. I think they mean in the front office!
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Yep...front office is the one with a/c...wouldn't want the desk jockies to break a sweat...or a nail...
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