Thursday, September 27, 2007

Gloves for Garbage Pickers

The next time you feel like complaining because you have a crummy boss or benefits are being slashed...think about work conditions in Delhi. This eye opening glimpse of the life of "ragpickers" from the New York Times is enough to silence any whiner.

"More than 95 percent of New Delhi has no formal system of house-to-house garbage collection, so it falls to the city’s ragpickers, one of India’s poorest and most marginalized groups, to provide this basic service. They are not paid by the state, relying instead on donations from the communities they serve and on meager profits from the sale of discarded items. On Oct. 2, Gandhi’s birthday, the Delhi state government will make a small but significant concession. In response to pressure from a ragpickers’ union, it will supply about 6,000 with protective gloves, boots and aprons." They would prefer earning more than $38/month so they can feed and clothe their children.

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