September 30, 2002

READER ABHIJIT JAIN SENDS this link to an “unbelievably xenophobic” article from the Arab News denouncing guest workers, who now have the temerity to actually bargain for wages:

As if it were not enough for them to drain the resources of this country by sending millions of riyals annually to their home countries while spending very little locally, foreign workers have now learned the technique of bargaining. They bargain in order to satisfy their strong desire for wealth. In doing so, they outsmart even the most talented and able managers.

This doesn’t say much for Saudi managers, that they can invariably be outsmarted. But those “greedy expatriates” are all looking for work, and they want to be paid. The horror. Yeah, it’s xenophobic, but it’s mostly just clueless.

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