Working/Holiday

Hugh and Paul. Two strapping Irish lads who are no strangers to hard work!

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We’ve got some Irish lads at the hostel right now who plan to be in Canada for about a year as they have working/holiday visas. This allows them a full year in the country to travel and work as they see fit.

Two of them are friends who came over together. Hugh and Paddy (seriously, that’s his name) are qualified tradesmen. They are carpenters working in a skilled trade that pays quite a bit of money. They are what are known as Jackeens or Dubs – Irishment who hail from Dublin.

They met a fellow Dubliner named Paul, at our hostel in Toronto who arrived a few days earlier on a work/holiday visa. The lads shared a love of traditional Gaelic sports such as Irish Football. To the untrained eye, this violent sport has a lot in common with a streetfight!

Anyhow, Paul took his new found mates along to a game with a local team he had joined comprised of transplanted Irish expatriates. A good intro to a sport they enjoy and a contact for work in Canada.

Some of their fellow football players were stonemasons and offered them work as “laborers”. It is a well known fact that a mere laborer in that trade can earn up to $27 per hour. It is heavy, back-breaking work often involving hauling loads of bricks up flights of stairs.

I’ve checked and it is absolutely true that stonemason laborers earn $27 per hour! That’s not too shabby a pay rate! However, it only applies to employees who are members of the union!

After a week of moving brick loads up stairways, the lads found that their pay rate was almost 2/3 less than the union rate. They naturally felt exploited and are currently seeking alternative employment.

They are young, fit and willing to work. So if anyone has a job for three Irish lads who are no strangers to hard work, please contact our front desk and leave a message for Paul, Hugh or Paddy.


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