Narconon: Scientology lures the Unemployed

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Scientology ® lures the Unemployed

From: "Tages-Anzeiger" October 1, 1997

The commercial sect of Scientology uses unemployment to lure in new staff and adherents

by Hugo Stamm

M. B. is annoyed. He says, "For about ten years I have been bothered by the Zurich Scientology center. Despite the fact that I have complained repeatedly, I am still receiving brochures and letters from this sect." The most recent letter contains three short sentences which have put the recipient at his wit's end. They read, "How are you doing? We might have an interesting work position for you! Stop by sometime!"

Addresses are Bought

"Out of necessity, Scientology has turned to making money off the unemployed," rages M. B. Moreover, the sect disguises itself in that it hides behind the sign of "Dianetics Counseling Zurich." The letter recipient has no idea how Scientology came upon his address. Actually, the pseudo-church buys addresses from independent companies.

The Zurich Scientology center ranks as a mid-level employer. Over a hundred Scientologists work full time at the huge center at 141 Badener Street, and just about that many part time. They are not anywhere near capacity. Scientology could employ several hundred people in their promotion department, administration, and their extensive course and therapy (auditing) program.

The sect center does not just send out letters. It also lures new employees in with advertisements. As a rule, respondents first realize that they have been ensnared by the commercial sect when they introduce themselves in person. Unemployed passersby are also occasionally drawn in by the "help wanted" sign, after which they are invited to take a personality test. Besides that, Scientology adherents are called upon to advertise among their acquaintances for people who are looking for a job.

100 franks per week ($70 per week)

The working conditions do not meet the requirements of a civilized labor market, and are partially exploitive. The workload is enormous, and the wages are far below the minimum wage. Often, the applicant learns this on the first "pay day." The work contract does not contain a wage amount. The honorarium is dependent upon performance. The weekly wage is in the range of 100 franks ($70).

Preventing World Ruination

If the income of the Scientology center shrinks, and the work statistics fall, then the "wage" also goes down towards zero. This happens in a work week which consists of 70 hours or more. This forces many staff members to work at a real rate of wage on their one day a week they have off.

Scientology founder Hubbard let his staff and adherents know that their mission is to save the world from ruination. He wrote, "The one tiny chance this planet has rests upon a few narrow shoulders - over-worked, underpaid and opposed - the Scientologists." Many staff members would like to become an auditor (therapist). The training depends upon one of Hubbard's mottos, "We would rather have you dead than incapable." The sect founder meant, by this, that auditing treads upon potentially dangerous mental ground. Anybody who wants to become a staff member of the "Sea Org" elite unit has to sign a contract for a billion years.

Since the Zurich city council has banned Scientology from the streets and wants to forbid the sect from using public property for commercial purposes via administrative measures, the sect adherents have changed their promotional strategy. They now address the majority of the passersby with the pretext of wanting to fill out a survey. Scientology has challenged the measures; the proceedings are still in process.

Under a new label

For some time, Scientology has not received approval to sell books on Saturday outside the railroad station. However, the controversial organization has already found a loophole. The Scientologists appear as members of a group, "Say No to Drugs," and receive approval under the new name. They lay out Hubbard's books under their new name. Also, they advertise for Narconon ®, the controversial drug rehabilitation center which is led by Hubbard adherents and applies Scientology "therapies."

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