work for pittance

work for pittance

To work for very little money. Geez, I need a raise—I'm sick of still working for pittance after three years!
See also: work
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Peter was part of the operation by anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice which led to the recent jailing of gang bosses forcing Polish nationals to work for pittance while housing them in filthy, overcrowded houses in Sandwell, Smethwick, Handsworth's Soho Road, and Walsall.
It's a slap in the face also to those poor graduate nurses expected to work for pittance while those at the top rake it in.
All them work for pittance. They alleged that their accommodation at Al-Kakiah area in Makkah lacked even the basic minimum facilities.
The latest incident comes after another high-profile case in November 2009 when a Greek Cypriot man was arrested in connection with allegedly exploiting and trafficking around 140 Romanian workers in Tseri living in horrid condition and made to work for pittance with little money or even food.
That means giving Royal Navy work to our own tried and trusty workers, instead of allowing unfair competition by German yards using "ghost workers" who are happy to work for pittance wages.
Police say the Romanian workers were put in horrid living conditions and made to work for pittance with little money even for food.
There are thousands of factories and offices, restaurants and cafes, where women work for pittances, less than their male colleagues doing the same jobs.
Regarding the old chestnut of doing jobs the indigenous people are unwilling to do most of those entering our country are young, single men prepared to live dozens to a house, having no outlay for gas, electric, council tax etc and prepared to work for pittances to stay in this country.