Workers exploited? Homework #13

10 Jan

One thing that I think is obvious in Dubai, is the specific racial hierarchy. Emiratis are at the top, followed by whites, and then Indians/Filipinos/Chinese. Most of the laborers have extremely stressful and intensive jobs, requiring them to live and eat on site. While touring Majest Yachts, the “exploitation” of workers was obvious. Indians in purple jump suits worked with extremely toxic chemicals in dangerous environments. They had housing and food provided for them as well. It look like a terrible lifestyle, and I know a lot of people on the trip viewed it as shocking and disturbing. However I don’t think they specifically exploit their workers. Everyone who is working there CHOSE to work there. Not to mention the money they are receiving is being sent back to their homeland. All of them (maybe just an assumption) were not citizens, and very likely not to live there. Yes it’s not a great life, but I can’t even fathom where these workers come from and how awful their lives may be at home. Dubai is granting them money/food/and a house, those who have jobs there are much luckier than the people who are living in the slums of india. Is it a bad thing?

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4 Responses to “Workers exploited? Homework #13”

  1. nowickih January 18, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    It was scary to think about how these poor people could get very sick just from working long hours building yachts. I also think that this hierarchy was most prominently seen here because all of the workers seemed to be the same race. I think that this is probably something that will never really change.

  2. gossman2 January 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I agree with the specific racial hierarchies of Emiratis are at the top, followed by whites, and then Indians/Filipinos/Chinese. I also thought many people on the trip viewed it as shocking and disturbing about the Indians working at Majesty, like I said in my blog everyone who is working there chose to work there for a better life in their country not in Dubai. I also agree and said Dubai has helped these citizens with getting jobs. When you said “those who have jobs there are much luckier than the people who are living in the slums of India.” I feel that this is true because everyone may feel that they are living a hard life but it’s different when the started of living is higher in the United states then India just like if we lived in Europe with the salaries that we make here we would be poor or even in Canada and other parts of the United States.

  3. sirrita January 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    The racial hiearchy in Dubai is very conspicious among tourists and it saddens me. I guess you will find racial hiearchy a lot of places you go but in Dubai it is very prevalent. It seems like their are certain jobs that are only available for a certain race. I really hope that someday the racial hiearchy in Dubai will fade away and everything will be equal opportunity but I doubt that happening for a very long time. Nice Reid.

  4. cherylchristie January 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    That is a nice way of putting it Reid. I would have to agree with you though about how they would receive far less if they were to work back home. And having a salary of $700 and not having to spend it on anything like food and housing, I think they could send their entire salary back to their family, considering Dubai does not have taxes.

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