My architectural colleagues have collected a series of horror stories that point to the "dark side" of the architectural profession regarding wages and conditions. The combination of being a 'middle class" profession with an aversion to unionism and that being an employee is often presented as a temporary condition (because we of course all have equal (!) access to private practice) leads to a sullen and passive group- I was wondering whether these conditions persist particularly amongst recent graduates.Low wages unreliably delivered, late payment with the excuse that 'you will get your money when I get mine', long hours, tyrannical tantrums from the employer - is any of this still prevalent?
Some of my 'favourites' are :
The 3 prominent Melbourne design practices who have formed an informal cartel to keep wage parity between offices to avoid paying higher wages.This is not limited to them.
The possibly mentally ill designer who routinely exploits students and graduates whilst building private developments with his own money.
The husband and wife team who present the crude details of their buildings as a conscious dimension of their art with the reason being inexperienced ie.cheap (particularly in this office) staff.
Is this still going on and what can we to do about it? Do we boycott the recurring offenders?