Friday, January 25, 2008

Thoughts on workers and discrimination

This post is for some random thoughts I've been having lately. I mean I'm not getting a proper chance to actually think about anything really, but well. Here we go.
I've been thinking about exploiting workers. And, no it's not in a political ideology type, where some people think capitalism is the cause of that. I think that I've seen many workers from other countries being treated very unfairly.
There are at least 5 or so ads in the newspaper on missing workers and they're mostly: Indian, Pakistani, from Bangladesh (what do you call people who are from there?) or so. You know, I don't really blame them on leaving just like that without notice. If they're paid 80 Rials a month, and they probably send most of it to their homes. What is left for them? If they got a chance to actually go back to their country once a year would be great.
I feel like bosses and company owners are really looking down on those workers. Say someone is working in the building business, the company he works in signed up to build a road (ok just let me continue, I may not know what I'm talking about but this has been getting on my nerves lately so just nod your head and keep on reading :P). And so the worker starts working at about 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. or even more. The heat of sun is unbearable and they have to do the work by themselves. They're getting paid a very low wage. I am beginning to realize I need to take some serious economy courses.
Now with all these terrible conditions, it doesn't help knowing that their families wouldn't survive.
And the contract they signed obliges them to stay or else, I don't really know what would happen. But really, to think of it all. What I just said may not make sense but the thing is, shouldn't people appreciate workers no matter what they do for a living? There should be a minimum wage for workers not just from the country itself but from those who are from other countries so that they wouldn't get exploited.
It's a real shame it's happening.

Anyways that's what my thinking got me to, and let's move to another topic, discrimination that is based on your nationality.
Those types of discrimination never fail to azaze me but this one is just really common.
Now I may not be the biggest patriot, but I'm proud of where I come. It doesn't mean I'm gonna have to walk around thinking I'm superior just because of the place I'm from.
Seriously, there are all these stereotypes about people based on their nationality and it doesn't really make sense. I know countries have their own traditions and customs but is that based on the country or on the culture that is in there?
Say a country that is big, and there are a lot of towns and cities in it, would it seem right to call everyone that comes from that country a clever person. I'm saying clever because maybe these stereotypes exist they're not all bad, well most of them but there are good ones. Like being clever, but if you think about it it doesn't make any sense (All types of discrimination doesn't for that matter).
So let's say you come from country A, and you're living in country B. You won't get discriminated against just from those in country B. But from people who aren't from country B but they live there.
If you've got a chance to travel abroad I'm sure you'll relate to what I'm saying. Don't get me wrong, this talk isn't because I'm a huge victim of being discriminated against because of my nationality but it's because of the people around me that talk about people and label them based on which country they come from.
It's really ridiculous, and not in a good kind of way.

That had to come out, and I'm thankful it did. The way it come out maybe too plain, or whatever.
Thanks for reading, I appreciate it. :)

1 comment:

Waed S. said...

wOW!!! NOOR!! i Was blogging bot the 1st issue yesterday but I saved it as a draft!!!
it really sux I know!! their salaries are humiliating !! but to them it is enough ,that's wht I get whenever I speak to sum1 bot it!!

and discrimination based on nationality is really stupid!! I mean come on!! in jordan we see that every day!!
I am guilty of discrimination my self :P I told u I give Iraqi guys free points :P :P :P

and oh I love Michael Buble!!! he is so adorable and his voice is another story!!!

tc for now !