Long lunch: Spanish civil servant skips work for years without anyone noticing
Long lunch is just like it says, when you take a long time for your lunch break and enjoy a good lunch. In the UK, people very often eat sandwiches or a packed lunch at their desk. In other countries, this would be unthinkable. I don't know anyone in France who would ever do this.
A civil servant is someone who works for the government.
skip work is when you don't go to work. You can skip anything that you have planned to do - work, school, a class, going to the gym...
Match the words from the article with the definition:
- to show up (to sth) a. employ sb
- retired b. hurting or frightening someone less powerful
- to hire sb c. to arrive and join a group of people or event
- on the payroll d. stop sb taking an active part in something
- to fine sb e. the end of your career, when you stop working
- to turn up (to sth) f. on the list of people getting paid by a company
- bullying g. to make sb pay money for breaking a rule
- to be sidelined h. arrive unexpectedly
Vocabulary practice - answer the questions
1. Where is bullying often a problem?
2. What age do people usually retire in your country?
3. Which department usually hires people and deals with the payroll?
4. What happens if someone is sidelined at work?