Thursday, April 14, 2005

Mercy me.

I can't help but to feel injustice over this.

A famed auditing firm is so happily caught up with its habitual exploitation of its employees, that it seemed rather strange that the Labours' Union would have the 'capacity' to keep quiet about it.

Employees in the particular auditing firm toil (a better word to describe the nature of work being done in there) from 8 am to 5.30 pm (what is written in the employment contract) and overtime from 5.30pm to 9pm, on a day when the one can expect a blue moon; and from 5.30pm to 12am on any other day; only to have the full vicious circle repeat itself on the next day- 5 days a week (again, as written in the employment contract) when in actual fact; most of the employees work, even on Sundays. All these for an overtime of RM10 per day and RM14 for meal allowances for the day. I gather the employees would have to think twice about having anything that is more expensive than iced Chinese tea and RM2.50 rice for lunch.

Did I mention that new staff are not compensated for overtime claims even if they spend the night in the office?

Unless one is a higher-ranked employee in the office- managers or seniors of 2 years; no staff is given a personal desk to do his/her work in the office. Instead, there is a small working area, supposedly to cram almost all ump-ty auditors and their paper files, laptops and tonnes of boxes of papers. Booby traps of wires, plugs, papers lie everywhere- one has to watch his/ her step, you wouldn't want to walk into a cable and pull the whole laptop down, purportedly to carry priceless accounting information of XYZ Sdn. Bhd. ( I would not however, think that the information by itself is priceless, rather the blood and sweat that a poor auditor has spent countless nights extracting those information with his/ her blood-shot eyes)

A poor auditor has to travel to the client's office during the day, to places even as far as Seremban and extract whatever is supposedly useful for reporting. Travelling expenses are not automatically compensated to employees- it is on a rotation basis, whereby one can only claim for the expenses made when it is one's turn to claim. All other daily trips to the client's office are at one's own expense.

It is of that firm's culture to look busy and act busy even after office hours, so that one can be perceived as a diligent worker. It is advisable for an employee to sit around in the office for at least an hour before sneaking out quietly out of it. One who has better sense would not want to break this unwritten law. Walls have eyes and ears in the office...

All that jazz and more- bullies in the office, incompetent team members whom one has to clean up their work after them, supervisors who just have the energy to shout at everyone in the office, oppression by seniors, parking rates at RM5 per day; it does make me wonder how anyone could have such high tolerance and endurance for such a career line.

If all these could be measured with monetery terms; without a doubt; auditors would be millionaires. Sadly, all these auditors can do is to toil away like slaves of Egypt, while they wait for liberation in the form of their relatively meagre salaries. I am too afraid to even think of any alternative motivation that would drive them to press on, other than the longing for a personal desk in the office- a symbol of their identity in their workplace.

Meanwhile, it is back to the cramped working area and the blood-shot eyes which just can't be treated anymore, and going to the office day by day living in semi-existence with each other.

May God has mercy on them all.

5 Comments:

Blogger discordant_dude said...

Press on...

1:06 AM  
Anonymous mem said...

Marx and Engels wrote,

"With its [the workers’] birth begins its struggle with the masters.”

In the present, we seemed to have exchanged the feudal masters with the capitalist masters (the bourgeois), both which "has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self interest, than callous 'cash payment'. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom - Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation"

wow...was Marx and Engels from your firm also?

What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity. Ecc 2:22-23

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecc 4:4

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil--this is the gift of God. Ecc 5:18-19

8:30 AM  
Blogger tehtarik said...

"The flame shalt not hurt thee, I only design; Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine."

"I don't know about tomorrow...but I know who holds my hand".

I am overwhelmingly thankful; no less- for His wondrous and salvific grace.:)

10:57 AM  
Blogger jedibaba said...

"Welcome, to the real world."
Morpheus
Seriously, while we frust when we go through situations like this, and indeed we speak up for justice where we can, experiences of injustice can also be part of God's education, reminding us that in a fallen world, many are deprived of justice daily.

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