I was talking to a bus driver today – he ferries people from one side of the airport to the other. He is a Pakistani man and I asked him what type of hours he worked. He told me he works 6 days a week, 12 hours a day for 1500 dirham per month! This is about $400 US dollars per month. I asked him how much he could make if he worked in Pakistan and he said about 1000 dirhams per month. Makes me realize how blessed I am, and how blessed the United States is. I have often heard that the poor in the US really are not poor when compared to the poor in other parts of the world. Here this guy is working 72 hours a week, earning less than $1.40 per hour. How much does a welfare recipient pull down per month in the U.S.? I don’t know, but I imagine it is quite a bit north of $400.
I have also heard where the Taliban and Al Queda have an easy job recruiting soldiers. They offer them money to join their cause, and obviously it wouldn’t cost them much to give all these guys more than they are making in a normal job.
It really seems wrong that the UAE doesn’t pay these people more. They could easily afford to. As it is I don’t see much difference from these low payed workers and the slaves who worked the plantations in the 1800’s. I should start organizing a union for these hard working people, I am sure that would get me deported quickly!