"I don't think it's a case of your employer finding someone cheaper, the whole costs vs quality argument would be relevant here and no employer (stuggling or otherwise) in their right mind would choose cheap, quality compromised employees over normal rate, required quailty workers: if they did, I would walk voluntarily as I refuse to work for someone with that ethic."
Do you actually work for some one else?
Most employers would gladly sell you and your kids and employ Chinese children if they could.
I too am one of these who get up at stupid o'clock and commute / work / commute for 14 hours and then help look after a disabled wife. I do this because that is where I found work. I suppose I could have applied at the local supermarket or burger joint, however I trained for years to do a job that I enjoy.
The charity that did employ me for 12 years, decided that it wanted cheaper workers so made 400 of us redundant. So I moved on to another job.
I have a mortgage, credit cards etc. I pay bucket loads in tax and am a wealth earner for this country. I could have chosen to make the state pay for my housing, and force benefits into my wallet each week, but I preferred to work for my cash.
So I don't have any hesitation in saying that those who did make those choices have done more to benefit this country than those who think that an adherence to a musical style to be the best thing in their lives.
Metaller? In what way has this improved your kids lives?