:: Monday, 5 May 2003 ::
Oh, That Guy. He's an eediot.
I read this review today. And I thought "I know who this guy is, this subject matter is ringing bells.
Turns out he's the Eric Schlosser who was interviewed on Lateline ages ago, and the reason he was a standout for me was this seering insight that he features in his book "Fast Food Nation":
You know, in all my research for my book, I discovered somehting that really frightened and saddened me. Meat packing workers are some of the lowest paid workers in the world.
I will give you a second to digest that quote.
See, Eric reckons.....who knows? That meat packers should get more - as much as .... what? Who? No one knows. Cos Eric ony whines.
I, and every sane person on the planet, think meat packing is not a skill worth paying much for - it is not actually a skill at all, as anyone who has ever stuck two steaks into glad wrap and shoved 'em in a freezer will know.
It is meat.
Who do not need anything to carry out the packing activity. Not sense, not IQ, not EQ, not attention to detail. Nothing.
Butchers are skilled.
Meat trimming is skilled. Meat cutting is skilled. Meat slaughtering is skilled.
And they are paid just fine.
Meat packing is unskilled. And hence it attracts a low rate of pay. God.
Thus nature balances itself, Eric.
:: WB 4:11 am [link+] ::