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I have relatives in Germany, and I don't know that lower wages would be an
accurate blanket statement.   The standard of living seems to be comparable,
but with much smaller living spaces.  They do have less discretionary income
than we do here in the USA, but a shorter work week (35 hours), and more
holidays and paid time off work, especially if it involves the birth of a
child.  (2 months off to split between the couple, with a guarantee that
your job will be there when you return.)

The health care, at least where they are, seems to be very good, and the
cost is a whole lot lower than here.  IIRC, a trip to the ER for sutures was
about $35 uninsured.  Sure beats here where I paid my insurance company $50
just to walk in the door, and the total bill was over $200 (after insurance
rate reduction) for a similar incident.

You're about right on the taxes, with their version of Social Security being
a BIG chunk.

Conrad
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Fisher" <dfisher(--nospam--at)fplushse.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 1:47 PM
Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy


> Not to mention lower wages, 50% (and up!) taxes, lower productivity, poor
> (socialized) health care...
>
> I know...I have relatives in the UK.
>
>
> David L. Fisher, SE, PE
> Senior Principal
> Fisher+Horos Structural Engineers
> 372 West Ontario
> Chicago, IL 60610
> USA
>
> 312.573.1701
> 312.720.0505 mobile
>
> www.fplushse.com
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 3:33 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Zatloukal, Brian J. [mailto:ZatloukalBJ(--nospam--at)bv.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 2:52 PM
> > To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> > Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy
> >
> > I turn your attention to Europe, the standard
> > is about 6 weeks,...
>
> Of course, the standard for Europe is also socialism. The standard for
> Europe is extreme inflation in comparison with the U.S., and a great gap
> between "haves" and "have-nots". The standard for Europe is relatively
high
> unemployment, with lots of folks on the dole.
>
> In short, the standard for Europe is a failure, which is why despite so
much
> enthusiasm on the part of so many politicians in this country, we still
> haven't managed to make the leap into the "European standard."
>
> Don't get me wrong, I'm all for your attempts to negotiate more time off
if
> that's what you want. I just think holding up the "standard of Europe" is
a
> dead end.
>
> William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, Texas
> Phone 281-492-2251
> Fax 281-492-8203
>
>
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