I am currently facing a challenging situation with my supervisor, which has persisted for a considerable time. I wont go into too much detail but she more or less thinks of PhD students as slave. Never explicitly asking ti work longer but effectivley overloading you so you either work longer or cant keep up. As I value my free time we were always having missunderstanding. Now she asks of me tasks that we both acknowledged were not directly related to my Ph.D. research. However, as a new Ph.D. student was about to start, she wanted to ensure a smooth transition for them, so I was given the responsibility of initiating work on the upcoming tasks and providing guidance to the new student. However, my funding will expire in six months, and I have also one month of vacation time remaining (as per the standard Ph.D. duration in Germany). Consequently, I effectively have five more months to work on my research and complete my thesis. While finishing my Ph.D. within this timeframe is feasible, my supervisor not only expects me to teach the new Ph.D. student but also to focus on publishing three potential first-author papers (2 of whom are with a big name of my field), not directly again but putting deadlines that are only feasible if I work only on these. Following a discussion with a prominent collaborator, we managed to reduce the number of papers to two, as the progress was slow woring on 3 papers at the same time.
In additon, there was a "misunderstanding" when my supervisor removed me from an internal paper that I was working on with another group of our department. After addressing this issue, she explained that my limited time was the reason, and she just wanted to ensure that I finish my thesis on time. Later on, they reconsidered and realized they could not proceed without my involvement in the paper. I decided to cooperate, despite my dissatisfaction with the previous situation. However, I am still excluded from reviewing the draft, and when I expressed interest, I was informed that there was nothing for me to read at that moment (I only communicated with my supervisor on this as she did not allow me to join the meetings due to time). In addition, I was not allowed to attend a conference as there was no funding, I however found funding but was denied again with the explanation now that I dont have time, even though I said I could just go for one day and return.
Regardless, after my supervisor seemingly gave me the green light to focus on my thesis, I began writing while concurrently working on an additional paper. I already have one first-author paper and one co-authored paper to my credit. Initially, I held a separate meeting with both supervisors to discuss the thesis outline. They both agreed with my proposed content, although the second supervisor, whose area of expertise is somewhat unrelated, did not have significant input. Once we reached an agreement, I promptly started writing and eventually shared two chapters of my thesis with them. However, my supervisor, including the second supervisor in cc, told me that I should not prioritize my thesis as previously mentioned, but rather concentrate on the important papers. She stated that she would only review the thesis once she believed I had enough time. In response, I explained that I primarily worked on the thesis during my free time (even though as per the regulations in Germany I can work during working hours on my thesis), as I dedicated a large portionamount of my time to the paper. She then repeated that I did not have enough time, but she would start reviewing the thesis in the following month, as the second supervisor replied to all that she would start reviewing after my answer (and she did, telling me to do few corrections only). Two months passed, and my supervisor deliberately delayed the correction process. To apply pressure, I requested a meeting between the supervisors and myslef, to address the current progress of my dissertation. Surprisingly, she completed the corrections on the day before the meeting. However, during the meeting, she requested the inclusion of calculations that I performed for her, but she told me to switch and collaborate with the big name of my field, which I also did. Initially, she had indicated that these calculations were unnecessary in the meeting of the thesis outline, but now reconsidered and they have to be included, and second supervisor agreed that they should be included. Additionally, she expected me to provide explicit details on the computer simulations I conducted, down to the smallest aspects, I dont want to write a manual. Furthermore, she requested that I share my scripts with the new Ph.D. student. However, I feel uncomfortable sharing this information until I am allowed to submit my thesis, as I perceive my supervisor as unreliable and more concerned about her own career (considering her tenure status). Consequently, I have been stalling, but I cannot continue to do so for five more months. I suspect that my supervisor does not want me to complete my thesis within the remaining duration of my contract. This would enable her to keep me available for assistance even after my contract expires so that the new Ph.D. student can approach me with questions, and she can ensure a smooth progress for the new PhD.
I am somewhat unsure on how to handle this situation, I try to involve as much as possible the second supervisor but the supervisors have a good relationship with each other so I don't think I will get enough support from the second if the first says I am not finished, and I can not submit until my supervisors sign off on it. Are my thoughts valid or am I even in the wrong here, and does anyone have any suggestions how to proceed?