Screwed Over, Back In Darwin

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Well as you can see I am back in Darwin far earlier than I expected and I won't be going back to the island again, no more work.

For the first couple of days we were told to take it easy and not push ourselves too hard and burn out. So I did just that. My figures for the first 2 full days were around 1400 and it was hard going but I felt ok knowing that I'd be fine from then on and I had the technique right. So the following couple of days I worked at the same pace but easily managed to cut over the minimum amount, close to 2000 trees one day so I was happy.

But after working hard all day yesterday I get out of the shower to be told I have less than 2 hours to pack as we are flying back to Darwin as we aren't needed any more. I was shocked and extremely pissed off!

We phoned the boss, Paul, in Melbourne to find out what the hell was going on and he was a complete idiot! He made up loads of rubbish about the quality going down since we arrived, we weren't picking enough, too many people were off sick (2 people genuinely sick) and he had 10 more experienced pruners arriving at 4 to take our place. Dave had an argument with him for about 20 minutes about how out of order it was to just dump someone with no notice but he didn't care. So all the stuff about taking it easy was crap and we weren't even responsible for the quality declining. One of the more "experienced" pruners managed to fail in 6 out of 7 trees during his random check but still had a job. He just needed a fall guy so it was last in, first out!

It seemed that everything that could have gone wrong yesterday did. I was attacked by green ants, had my legs torn to shreds by obscured jagged tree trunks sticking up at 45 degree angles, stung by a wasp for the second day in a row and sacked. The only other thing that could have gone wrong was being bitten by a spider/snake which I was very glad didn't happen as they were everywhere. Someone got bitten twice by a red back spider yesterday and had to be airlifted to Darwin for emergency antivenin!

So I'm back in Darwin with around $Aus1500 and no idea what to do. Going to have to do some serious thinking over the next few days.
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