Thursday, 3 March 2011

ECHR judgement on vinicultural workers pay

For the kingdom of Europe is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day, and they resolveth to take their case before the European Court of Human Rights. They pleaded to the judges thereof have not we who worked the full day been cheated and cheapened of our hire and hath not our lord unlawfully discriminated against us? Whereof the judges saith Yea thy lord hast breached the Equal Pay Directive which calleth for a single hourly rate for they that laboureth in the heat of the day and thy lord shall face judgement and pay damages and be forestalled ever from such offence again for such is the Kingdom of Europe where they that complaineth the bitterest are first and the quiet shall be last. 

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