They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.That's pretty much how things worked under the Soviets. People got ridiculously low salaries and so spent most of their time doing other things to survive, like growing vegetables at their dachas or trading on the thriving black market. This led to some pretty ridiculous scenes. You would walk up to an empty restaurant and ask to be seated. "We have no room" was the standard reply. Pointing out that there was not a single customer there was useless. Unless you were willing to pay in hard currency enough money to make it worth their while to work, neither the waiter nor the chef were going to bother with dinner that evening. Still, despite the absurdity of the Soviet economic system, people had subsidized housing and some health care and free education, not to mention land on which to grow vegetables. Under the equally absurd system of collapsing capitalism, few of us have any of this. To make matters worse, the capitalists are not even going to pretend to pay us and we're still supposed to work. That's why British Airways recently asked its employees to work for a month without a pay. British Airways asks staff to work unpaid for up to a month - CNN.com. With 40,000 employees in the UK, British Airways is setting the tone for failing companies to extract even more from their employees as the CEOs continue to earn obscenely high salaries. But there's a difference between restaurant workers pretending to work and airline employees doing the same. I don't want to have to bribe a pilot to land safely. Although you can imagine the scene. As the plane hovers over Heathrow, the pilot says "Good afternoon. This is your pilot. We can go down smooth or we can go down in flames. It's up to you. The flight attendants will be collecting unmarked bills." Funny. But a month without pay? Not funny.