Saturday, 01. November 2014
26. 06. 14. - 15:30
Absenteeism during the World Cup is tolerated in many countries - but China is not one of them.
Park Tuan, 35, is a factory hand who found himself out of work after staying away on June 16 to watch televised matches from Brazil between Germany and Portugal and Iran versus Nigeria.
Days later Park paraded on the streets of Beijing with a banner reading: "I lost my job for watching the World Cup. I’m seeking a humane boss".
He said: "It seemed a bit unfair to boot me out of my job for just this one transgression. I have gone to work in the past with colds, flu - even once with a broken thumb.
"I really wanted to see the Germany - Portugal match as I had money on it. I called in sick but my blunder was writing on a social site afterwards about my mood having seen the game.
"My comments were seen by a deputy general manager of the company and the manager told me by phone later that day, 'You don’t have to come to work any more'.
"I felt really bad. I am not someone who habitually does this kind of thing but it is the World Cup after all and only comes around once every four years."
In Germany employees have taken a more lax attitude to absenteeism during the World Cup, with some companies even factoring in absent workers during the tournament into future profit projections.
But Tuan added: "There is no such thing as an enlightened outlook like this in China. Here it is all about the bottom line all the time. I am very sad. I wish I had gone to work now."
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