It seems that the two jobs were connected, ie both for the same "company" (I use the word loosely because I am sure it's not completely legitimate), although Mr A wasn't aware of this with the second job, having been introduced to the builder by an acquaintance. The same man who had told him about the first job. The latest promise of payment to Mr A, and 15 other men was to be at 6pm at the teahouse last night.
In the meantime Mr A has made good progress with the wall at the back of the house, surrounding the dog's area. The wall is now finished and yesterday afternoon we drove into Milas to get some more chicken wire to put around the top of the wall. On the way back, and just as we were about to turn off the main road to the village, Mr A spotted someone he knew waiting at the Bodrum bus stop. He pulled up, told me to wait in the car, and approached the man. This, I soon realised, was the man who had introduced him to the two jobs.
Raised voices and much waving of arms, in the usual Turkish style, then ensued. This went on for about 10 minutes. Mr A got back in the car, very angry. He couldn't manage to establish from the man where the company is situated, only that it is "somewhere in the Bodrum area". He does however know where this man lives, near Mumcular, and
I personally feel it would be a wasted journey. Mr A is owed 180 lira and it will end up costing more to recover this sum, and it's not worth it. The other men have worked for months it seems, and are owed considerably more, but they don't seem to be making any effort to recover it. I'll never understand why they just accept this.
Mr A was offered some more labouring work a couple of days ago, by someone else. He said he would be happy to do it if he was paid at the end of each day in cash. This was refused, so on my advice, Mr A declined the offer of work. What's the point? He could end up working for months and never see any money.
And incidentally, no-one turned up last night at the teahouse to pay the men for their work. No surprise there then.
We are still feeding the industrial estate and village dogs. You can see my daily updates on the "Street Dogs Feeding and Treatments" page at the top of the blog.