• Tomasz Ignaczak
Location:
Peterhead
Date:
Saturday 6th December 2008
Reference:
SWI2008/021

Tomasz:

I am working in a shop, this is fast food. Something like fast food shop like KFC and Macdonald’s and job is very hard. And what I can say about my job ...?

Simon:

Have you had other work? Is that the first job you’ve had or ...?

     

Tomasz:

I work it because I had very difficult situation cos when I came here to Peterhead this was my first job in Peterhead. And I work very hard and my employer don’t want to give me some more money for my job and I found another job. I don’t know, I think better job, and I work in another company but my last employer, maybe he thought about this he made a bad ...

Simon:

Situation?

     

Tomasz:

Situation for himself and he told me: “Tomasz, if you come back to my job again I give you some more money,” and he don’t pay me, he don’t give me more money and I am going to Poland ... (inaudible) ... and when I come back from Poland I will start looking other job.

Simon:

How did you get involved with the Migrant Workers Association?

     

Tomasz:

My Polish friend told me here in Peterhead is organisation like Migrant Workers Association and I am here now.

Simon:

And has it been able to help you with your work problems?

     

Tomasz:

Yes, this Polish friend, she helped me in few ... I had some problems and she helped me. And now I try help them because I made a logo for them but I must make some correcting for this logo and ... But I think will be OK.

Simon:

Are you a graphic designer?

     

Tomasz:

No, no, no. Just my father is artist and maybe I have something, you know ...

     

Simon:

In your blood.

     

Tomasz:

Yes. (laughs) And it’s OK.

     

Simon:

How did you ...? Well, the fact you’re in Peterhead, is that because you chose to come to Peterhead or Scotland or did you come through an agency or ...?

     

Tomasz:

No, no, no, I had very good job in Poland but in Poland is very ... I think, is my opinion, is very difficult situation for young people. I have wife, son, and we haven’t flat and we haven’t house and ... I left my job in Poland and I came here and I found job and now one month ago council gave me a flat but ... flat is OK, everything’s OK and I think every day will be OK. Every day will be better.

Simon:

Are your wife and children here?

     

Tomasz:

No, she’s now in Poland and she will come to me next year, maybe May. Because I get ... I don’t know this ... I don’t know the name ... I repaired my flat and I spent plenty money for this and now I haven’t the money for a ticket for my wife and ... But I think we’ll be OK.

Simon:

And has it been difficult for either yourself or your wife ...?

     

Tomasz:

Yes, is very difficult but because I don’t see my son, I don’t see my wife and when I speak with my son from website, you know, Skype programme, he is very happy. He sometimes, he dancing and in front of computer. He is very happy when he see me.

Simon:

You said you just recently got a council flat. Was it difficult to get a flat?

     

Tomasz:

I think this is difficult, yes. This is difficult cos you don’t ... Cos you maybe want to give people flats but they haven’t and I have difficult situation because before when they gave me the flat, I had somebody break in to my house and my laptop was stolen, everything, and I went to the council and I told him my landlord don’t want to give me money for a new lock and I don’t feel there now safe and ... I think this argument was good for council and ...

Simon:

So you were staying in a private rented flat beforehand? Like when you first arrived, where did you stay?

     

Tomasz:

Yes, yes, yes. This was my father-in-law’s flat because my father-in-law is working here and he helped me. Yes.

Simon:

Was it through the connection of your father-in-law that you came to Peterhead? Is that why you came to Peterhead?

     

Tomasz:

I don’t ...

     

Simon:

Is it because your father-in-law was already in Peterhead ...?

     

Tomasz:

He was first in Peterhead, yes. He worked here about ... I don’t remember, maybe one or two years here and then I moved here and I try it start a new life, you know? Now I am learning ... I started a course in English language in Aberdeen College but this is very difficult situation for me because I have ... I don’t speak with Scottish people because I haven’t time. And when I come back from my job I am tired and ... Because this is evening time job, you know? But ...

Simon:

And to come back to the Association, the Migrant Workers Association, do you think having a group like this makes a difference for people like yourself? Does it ...?

     

Tomasz:

I think everybody is different and this organisation have people ... I don’t know ... But I am happy because this organisation help everybody. Not only Latvian and ... I don’t know, maybe one nationality, but everybody.

Simon:

I think ... (inaudible) ...

     

Tomasz:

OK, thank you very much. I’ll tell you something my friend, sometimes when I speak with Scottish people, English people, sometimes my English language is OK but sometimes ... (inaudible) ... Nothing!

Simon:

I know the feeling cos I’ve been abroad and having to speak another language is ...

     

Tomasz:

Yes, I’m living here about one year, maybe more ... but I think meetings like this, this is very good for my English. Because I try speak English language and this is good. I think about three, four years I must learn in this time and when this time is finished my English language will be better.

Simon:

I think so.

     

Tomasz:

Yes. (laughs) I hope, my friend. No but, sometimes I can, I think, but I speak like a machine, you know? Dddrrrrrrrrrr ...