CAMPAIGN DIARY: I’M ONLY A PUNTER BUT ..

Tight-fisted bosses make me feel sad for the human race. Now I’m not sure that I qualify as a ’punter’. I’m so far down the advertising ladder, I feel I barely have the right to fondle the glossy pages of Campaign, let alone write to it. But I’m so angry I thought it was worth a try.

Tight-fisted bosses make me feel sad for the human race. Now I’m

not sure that I qualify as a ’punter’. I’m so far down the advertising

ladder, I feel I barely have the right to fondle the glossy pages of

Campaign, let alone write to it. But I’m so angry I thought it was worth

a try.



During this festive season, I have created a role for myself as a

crusader for the rights of all the minions of this industry. So this

letter is dedicated to the downtrodden, overworked and, more

importantly, underpaid runners, receptionists and PAs who are

financially shafted each day of every year in the name of

advertising.



Basically, I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that I am

constantly amazed by the attitudes of those in charge towards ’pay’.



The general feeling from the top seems to be that we should be grateful

for our employment, because there are thousands of suckers (sorry,

youngsters) who would do our jobs for less money, work all 24 hours of

the day - and like it.



However, you can only take the piss for so long before the gratitude

wears thin.



I know that those who didn’t get their jobs through old school chums and

’friends of the family’ did start at the bottom, and it is all a

learning curve and character building blah ... blah ... blah.



But I can’t see how licking some tramp’s vomit off your office’s front

step or warming up cold toilet seats for directors’ sensitive bottoms

for a pittance could be beneficial for anyone’s character.



I bet loads of managing directors out there, when starting off on the

rocky stretch of the commercials highway, said: ’When I grow up and am

running my own company, I’ll never treat my staff life that wanker

treats me.’ Yes? So what happened?



So come on all you big bosses - make a minion’s day. Let the moths in

your Prada purse fly free and spread a little Christmas cheer around the

workplace. After all, you never know who today’s brow-beaten lackeys may

one day become. You have been warned.



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