...here are some true facts:
I started working back in 1992.
What I came across, was a standard phrase, in the private sector" "we are in recession, there is no money, if you want to work as a journalist, you either work getting paid by the piece -an external contributor aka fancy title for a underpaid and hard job- or you work for nothing, and if you help us make any profit, then we' ll consider!!!
The private sector, unless you had some threads to pull, like relatives in good positions and willing to help, politicians and/or a fuck-and-proceed policy, you could end-up really working for nothing.
Even if you asked to pay from your pocket for your insurance, while having a f@cking chance to have journalist's insurance -since you f@cking worked your ass off for that- editors and editors-in-chief would not help you with that, unless you were a member of a political party and all the above mentioned strategies and circumstance were part of your strategy and circumstance.
Of corpse, being an external contributor, meant that -especially if you worked like a horse and minded your business- were far away from the haven of gossip and politics and the co-formation of the ethics and culture of your work environment. Which meant you might at some point become expendable according to whims and petty gossip and access to the boss.
So, when I hear all that crap in regard to the crisis and "nobody knew" and "Greece was heaven" and "how things changed" and so on and so forth, I want to throw up, because the only descent years in the private sector -which was a slavery market and that's that- were the years 1995-1998. Before and after that it was obvious that things were getting out of hand.
It is still the same, with the exception that some bastards have gone out of business, for better or worse.
Big part of the private sector in Greece was amateurish, corrupt, family-oriented, often with crap services, stagnated, squandering, lazy, authoritarian, macho, incompetent, short-sighted, provincial. Paraphrasing I would say that "it was not a pleasure doing business with some of you."