He’s just a builder. Only 30 years old. In agony and working for ‘mates rates’.
He works every weekday from 7 am to 7 pm. Sometimes even later. And then, his wife signs him up for jobs that he doesn’t want to do. “Just a few tiles”, she tells him. But in reality, it’s the entire bathroom that needs tiling. All of the work he does, he does for nothing. Not a penny.
It’s an outrage that tradespeople are forced to work without pay, food, and sometimes even a cup of tea. The reality is, one in five tradesmen will not be spending time with their kids this weekend. Instead, they will be pulling a seven day week without any rest.
He cries because he knows that his weekend is booked with free jobs for his friends and family. He is passed around like a cheese board. From painting his mother in law’s kitchen to fixing his sister’s boyfriend’s uncle’s front door.
His hands are blistered and his legs are tired. Enough is enough.
Check out our ‘help the builders who do work for free’ campaign below:
Created as an On The Tools original piece, this parody mates rates campaign went down a storm with our audience. Gaining over 4.7 million views, the comments were full of sharing their experiences of mates rates. One user even commented that he: “felt it in his soul!” But what do you think? Let us know!