At work I am a senior department head with direct responsibility for nearly 30 staff who report directly to me. Not all of them are full time, the nature of my employment means that the industry relies on part timers due to the long trading hours and to cover sickness/holidays etc.
Now, most of the part timers would rip your arm off for extra hours, which are available pretty much every other week. However, there is a certain group of hard core part time workers who refuse to work over their contracted hours. Fair enough, they can't be forced to, (although I always remember when any 'favours' are asked of me), but when asked why not the reason always makes me so bloody angry.
I DON'T NEED TO DO EXTRA HOURS BECAUSE MY TAX CREDITS WILL PAY ME ANYWAY
This 'hardcore' always consist of the same type of person. They are married or living with a partner, have children and are male.
The younger part timers still living at home with Mum and Dad gladly take the extra hours, after all they don't get the luxury of tax credits, and quite rightly so.
We all know that our hard earned tax money helps to finance the benefits class who use the system as a lifestyle choice, but how many of us know that we also finance the lifestyle of the 'working idle'?
The system is all wrong.