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no work for two weeks

Discussion in 'Trade Talk' started by bobasd, 19 Dec 2019.

  1. bobasd

    bobasd

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    we stopped today - no work for the next two weeks.
    apart from service work, is this Christmas break still being used across your end of the building trade and construction?
    thing is, nowadays lots of the suppliers now remain open over the period.
    but i dont see the value in attempting to do days here and there with over half the crew missing
    in the pub or Spain.

    and good luck to them - we dont have the old site winter mud baths but there's still the weather, and a couple of guys were telling me about working last week on a green field row of shells with the wind whistling through all day, half light and a failing generator.

    a day in our lives.
     
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  3. jonbey

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    My plasterer is doing my bathroom today and tomorrow - I guess he fitted us in as a last job of the year! Means it should be ready to paint on the 25th ... lucky me!
     
  4. bobasd

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    your bathroom should be fit for paint well before then if he skims it tomorrow.
    good luck anyway.
     
  5. jonbey

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    yeah, but I think that is the first day I have that I am not doing anything ... other than cooking Christmas dinner of course!
     
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    no more replies - maybe people are shopping?
     
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    I always take off christmas day and boxing day, that's fine for me!
     
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    Yes. The builders merchants may still be open but a lot of the major suppliers we use are either shut, or they have no transport available. So an unpaid break for a couple of weeks. We shut down on Friday
     
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    At one time up here Christmas day was not a "trade" holiday, OK about that was some 55 Years ago, so what happened was that Christmas day was a half shift, to allow at least some festive time for the Tradesmen.

    But at New Year there was a two day Holiday, I have imagined that the two days was to allow for the sobering up process following new year celebrations.

    Ken.
     
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    I know plenty of builders that have a 2 week break, some have 3 weeks.

    Why not, the weather isnt great, tradesmen are mostly self employed and have almost no time off sick, I think they deserve a decent break.
     
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    Have to take mandatory 2 weeks off in financial, it's a fraud detection mechanism.
     
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    As a Mechanic, IT and Diagnostics support I'm off until Jan 2nd now.

    Yesterday was a grind getting all the jobs out!.
     
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    ETIS probably on a go slow again!
     
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    Piaggio Group (Aprilia/ Moto Guzzi Gilera Vespa etc) and all the Japanese motorcycles.

    ETIS, IDS only comes out when I work on my lemon of a car! (Got a TCU and PCM update planned)..
     
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    My company, with one of the UK's largest construction projects, still has the two week shutdown every year. A lot of the lads come from far away so it's a chance to get home to family.
     
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    I hate having holidays, they always get ruined by something.
    Last time it was the flu, this time its a broken toe.

    Bah humbug!
     
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