In the new societal caste system imposed by Covid-19, essential workers can rightly feel more important and valuable. READ MORE:* Coronavirus: Foodstuffs announces pay increase for supermarket staff* Coronavirus: Ryman Healthcare gives essential workers pay boost* Coronavirus: Walkout works as Sistema workers get time off* Coronavirus: What are essential services? We shouldn't forget that many of these boring, repetitive and physically demanding jobs are done by workers in New Zealand on work visas getting the minimum wage. The question of who is and isn't essential in a crisis is a matter for endless debate. There are many other ways of occupying the wage-subsidised and turning them into essential workers.
Source: Stuff April 03, 2020 02:15 UTC