Im already starting to get some complaints from some of the crew at my latest project. The move to having contractors sign up for a fixed weekly salary instead of an hourly rate started in Europe several years ago, and now the salaried people outnumber those on hourly pay. Problem is, that the type of work we are doing can require 84+ hour weeks at some stages and even now when were just doing 60 a week I have some people crying that they are only salaried for 50 hours a week. (they sure didnt complain they were overpaid when we were only putting in 40 hours a week) My take on the issue is that they knew the hours would get long during some stages of the project, and signed up to do the job for a certain amount per week and have no sympathy for their whinging. This isnt a 9-5 type job, and they knew that coming in, but now they cry. Question is: Am I being a jerk, or are these guys being abused by me expecting them to put in the hours to support the project during crucial stages? By the way, Im on a flat hourly rate no OT, but get paid for every hour worked. We all negotiated our own individual deals with the company.