[fosscomm] small step for ITEC; giant leap for IT employees
Raj Mathur ( राज =?utf-8?b?IOCkruCkvuCkpeClgeCksA==?=)
raju at linux-delhi.org
Fri Mar 16 05:11:20 PDT 2012
On Friday 16 Mar 2012, Andrew Lynn wrote:
> (b) Work with local community of employee and employer, so as to
> ensure fundamental security for the employees. This is where labour
> rights come in. No need for policing.
Fully agreed with all the points you have made. However, you are
missing one important difference between the original issue and your
proposed solution: communities choosing to enhance their own security
are doing precisely that: choosing. There had not been any fiat from on
top forcing them them enhance their security.
As a member of a community I can opt to mobilise my neighbours to set up
neighbourhood watch schemes. As a resident, I can choose to live in an
area that has such schemes active. Or not, as the case may be. The
success or otherwise of the government in protecting me is for me to
decide, and the amount of time, effort and money I'm willing to put into
extra protection is also purely up to me.
Similarly, whether organisations choose to provide extra security and/or
transport for their employees (whether male or female) ought to be a
matter for the organisation to decide. Workers would then have a choice
as to whether or not they wish to join such organisations. If the need
for extra security is great enough, organisations that do not provide
such facilities will automatically find themselves short of
appropriately skilled workers, and either change their policies or
change their line of business.
However, what we are talking about here is a government directive
forcing extra security for a certain segment of society. This sends out
three messages that a government must not be guilty of under any
- A condescending and paternalistic (I know what's good for you)
- An admission of failure in fulfilling its primary objective (security
- Reservations translating into restrictions for s specific segment of
society (You must provide transport, ergo if you can't provide transport
you must not hire women to do certain jobs).
The key out here is a voluntary social consciousness as opposed to a
diktat mandating a sham of social consciousness.
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