From Helsingin Sanomat International Edition in an article titled, “Trade unions have few means to increase employment “…
“I think it is great that there is qualified staff in Finnish restaurants, compared to the U.S. where there are people working part-time with small wages who do not know at all how to do the job”, Mäenpää muses.
Huh? First off, I’d reckon U.S. restaurant employees earn much much more than their Finnish counterparts. Americans dine out more often and thanks to tips, waiters and waitresses make very nice salaries. Back in the states, many of my friends were waiters, they took home way to much cash for the little bit of work they did. The restaurant industry in the U.S. is great because people without even a high school education can easily earn $40K/year and upwards.
And calling them “unqualified”?? C’mon, it’s waiting tables, cleaning tables, seating patrons…how much qualifications are there? Of course the chefs and managers need to be qualified, but I doubt Finnish employees are any more or less qualified than in the U.S.