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Thursday, October 06, 2005

The shame file

Secret Dubai Diary, a blog from the United Arab Emirates, isn't pleased:

"No matter how well people already know them, UAE labour figures are always startling. There are around one million Asian migrants working as unskilled labourers in the UAE, nearly a quarter of the roughly 4.5 million population."

Associated Press has more here and includes this encouraging suggestion:

"Company executives will find their names on a sheet of shame published by the government if they don't start paying wages to their laborers, the Labor Ministry announced Tuesday.

"Many construction workers have taken to the streets here to protest months of lapses in their wages in a country enjoying one of the world's great building booms."

This must be the wonder of globalisation espoused by Thomas Friedman

4 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

What the hell does this have to do with globalisation? I read it and it sounds like a bunch of moneyed-up Islamic petrotrash who don't want to work and don't want to pay their bills...

Thursday, October 06, 2005 4:04:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Does racism come naturally or do you have to work at it?
Not that it really matters...Back to the cave.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 4:08:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I guess I am not as learned as Shabadoo, so I found the links of interest. Different perspectives are always welcome, agreeable or not. So thanks for the link to the blog.

For readers with an interest, I'd recommend Mike Davis' recent piece on Dubai which examines, among other things, the lot of unskilled and/or migrant workers. Davis' work is always extremely valuable.

http://www.tomdispatch.org/index.mhtml?pid=5807

Thursday, October 06, 2005 7:28:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Any society that advances the economic status of its people will find that larger numbers have a distate for hard manual labor which is seen as unworthy.

They will then import a group who would love to do the work at the offered wage until, they too, achieve wealth. And the cycle continues.

Friday, October 07, 2005 1:19:00 am  

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