And I believe the maximum amount of time where you can be eligible for unemployment benefits over here in Greece is a year or so.
I believe a large cause for the apathy in people who you'd expect to work these jobs is the fact that working a job like that doesn't move you forward in any way.
Back in the day, you could work for a few years and survive on your salary and hope to open your own business.
Now what's the dream for these workers? They can never afford to save up on their 500 euro a month. They can never get a loan to open their own business.
The best they can hope is that they won't be discarded and their job given to a more young-looking person down the line.
Work harder. Make more money if you want to do your own thing. Surely there are professionals in Greece making good money working as employees for others. What are they doing that the lazy uneducated worker is not?
Do more of that and less complaining that you're making 500 euro a month.
Let's simply discuss why people might not always go for the highest paying job they could get.
What most people that aren't doing everything optimally to improve their situation is that they're succumbing to common human logical fallacies.
People don't see that there are jobs that can potentially lead them out of that class of salaries, not because they're lazy but because they're uninformed about these possibilities.
Or they might gauge that the small chance they have to get such a job isn't worth doing something they don't enjoy at all, and would rather survive doing something they find bearable.
For a lot of younger people however, things are even more depressing. A lot of the "lazy uneducated" workers you mentioned spent years getting a university education, up to the PhD level frequently, and they feel they're invested in a thing they might be good at or they might enjoy practicing.
Objectively, they should give it up. Subjectively, I can understand wanting to hold on to a small hope that you might eventually get to do the thing you enjoy doing for a living.
If I'm allowed to be frank I find the characterization "lazy" very offensive, despite not having been in their shoes, because I have countless peers that are in this exact situation.
And all it takes is one(!) bad/uninformed decision in your past: skip STEM.
One of most cirurgic comments I read in HN. It's a pity that is buried in the thread.
As an anecdote, on average, a masonry assistant(!) earns more than an architect (buildings, not IT) where I live.
Not only are you still not upright, but you just ruined your shoes, and have to pay yet another $3 to replace them.