Originally Posted by retire@40
You are in the right forum, because most of us here think that way too.
At least in Europe they have a somewhat more balanced approach. Normally you get 6 weeks vacation right off the bat, more civic holidays, no OT, etc- at least this is what my relatives in Europe tell me. I get 3 weeks vacation, 200 to 300 hours of OT every year and I literally do not take any breaks during my workday except for maybe a 15 minute lunch at my desk. This is how it has been at all the jobs I've held.
I have considered doing something else like a trade - electrician, welder,etc - as I would make just as much money and I would be paid for every hour I work and double for any OT which is a major concept for me. I think not paying people simply because they are "professionals" and are university educated is a form of slavery. I guess I am here to vent...LOL