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“Luckily, I was able to work twice as much the month before lockdown”

“Luckily, I was able to work twice as much the month before lockdown”

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Spring has come with the best and sunniest days in a while, yet we are still in quarantine, trying to slow down the spread of the virus. At the same time, restaurants and bars are still shut down and students still struggle to make ends meet. In this video we have Michael Keith, a third-year student of Arts and Culture at the Faculty of Arts and Social sciences, who is faced with an uncertain future. 

Keith is relatively lucky at the moment, with enough worked hours to pay for rent and necessities for this month, but he is faced with uncertainty about the next few months, or however long these measures take. "Students don't earn a lot of money, because we don't have a lot of time to work". 
At the same time, "the university has done very well in keeping us up to date with what the government has recommended in terms of quarantine and self-isolation" as he says, but he would appreciate some more information about what rights do students have in terms of worker's compensation.

Interview by Stella Theocharidou, editing by Sophie Pieters

With the new threat of the COVID-19 many restaurants and bars have closed leaving many people without a job. What about the students of Maastricht who support themselves and are on a zero-hour contract? In this series of video interviews they share their story with Observant.

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