onsdag 14 januari 2009

Indisk byggnadsarbetare i Dubai

"In 2007, Shalu, a 33-year-old Indian, paid 50,000 rupees, or about $1,025, to an agency that shipped him to a construction job in Dubai on what was to be a three-year contract. He was laid off in December after just one year. His company told him and about 250 other workers that the work had dried up."
"A lavish trade and tourism hub, Dubai is a prime destination for unskilled workers, many of whom spend hours on dusty construction sites, live in cramped desert labor camps and earn about 1,500 dirhams, or $408, a month. The pay offers a better standard of living for families back home or a chance to put away savings."

Amran Abocar, "As downturn settles on Dubai, South Asian laborers suffer", International Herald Tribune 13 januari

Den marxistiske ekonomen Samir Amin definierar "the precarious popular classes":
"workers weakened by their low capacity for negotiation (as a result of their low skill levels, their status as non-citizens, or their race or gender) as well as non-wage-earners (the formally unemployed and the poor with jobs in the informal sector."

Amin, "Foreword: Rebuilding the Unity of the 'Labour Front'", i Andreas Bieler, Ingemar Lindberg och Devan Pillay (red) Labour and the Challenges of Globalisation: What Prospects for Transnational Solidarity? (London: Pluto Press, 2008)

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