relokou saidBasically Dubai is exploiting the desolate job markets of Pakistan and India to recruit convenient cheap labor that provides the bulk of its menial workforce. This practice sickens me because the workers are treated just well enough to maintain compliance yet in a broader sense have little substantial rights for themselves and are at the mercy of their gluttonous employers. The reason why this continues is, as stated in the paper, the workers are still paid and are given treatment that barely creaks past the threshold of human dignity. To these workers, they are still able to earn money to be sent back home where there are no jobs and a little money goes a long way...
Now consider substituting the following... 'Basically the United States
is exploiting the desolate job markets of Mexico
and C America
to recruit convenient cheap labor that provides the bulk of its menial workforce....'
Especially in light of recent proposals for 'guest worker' programs.
The paper has a very definite western - pro democracy - bias, and makes several unsupported cultural assumptions because of that. I think this is a fairly simplistic paper from a VERY LIBERAL source attempting to address very complex issues.
I am in Dubai at least once a month on business, and am very aware of the problems facing this small country with regard to its large numbers of immigrant workers. However, the problems are no worse than in any other area where large numbers of immigrants have relocated in search of better economic conditions.
The same problems are evident with Turks and other E Europeans in Germany and France; Mexicans and C Americans in the US; Asians in W Canada; Arabs and N Africans moving into Spain and France; or anywhere else where large numbers of relatively unskilled workers from less developed areas have moved into economies which need their labor.
This is in fact how unbridled, laissez faire, capitalism works.
(Please do not take any of the above comments as indicating approval of the conditions or systems involved, they are not. They are simply observations that the socio economic conditions are not unique.)
Truthfully such labor migrations have occurred since the first primitive hominids left Olduvai Gorge.
I don't think there is a way to prevent humans from seeking to better their economic conditions.
I think any international agreement on the treatment and compensation of immigrant labor (recognizing labor as a commodity) is still some decades away if viable at all; and I would caution that the identification of labor as a commodity carries more than a few humanitarian risks in itself.