Tuesday, December 16, 2014

And You Think You're Doing It Hard At The Coal Face...

Perhaps next time you're feeling hard done by
at your workplace, when your tea break isn't long enough to finish the crossword, spare a thought for some of the women working in the most atrocious conditions in Munshiganj, Bangladesh. These women spend their days shoveling and sorting waste coal with little more than a spade and a makeshift sieve.
Wearing no protective clothing, working often in bare feet and inhaling the most toxic dust that causes horrific lung diseases, they're paid less than twenty dollars a week.
These women don't know what a tea break is
but they can still smile.
For some, life is hard at the coal face...


  1. And I bet they don't get a day off either.......

  2. Ever wonder if they'd have been better off if the Industrial Revolution had never happened?

    1. I think there will be an international backlash against technology sometime soon...

  3. Awful, just awful. Can't someone at least provide these women with face masks or respirators?

    The one shown smiling looks as though the work and a hard life all round are aging her prematurely.

    I think you may be right, Captain Tortoise.