Sunday, October 12, 2014

Anti-worker sign at Creative Thinker, Boom na Boom Compound, CCP Complex, Pasay City

(First posted on my Facebook page.) 

During my son's recent educational field trip at Creative Thinker, Boom na Boom Compound, CCP Complex in Pasay City, this sign on the wall rubbed me the wrong way: I find it to be anti-worker. It reads (as shown), "Robots make great workers because they can work around the clock on tedious tasks without making mistakes, and they never complain!" 

Well, robots don't get hungry; pay house rent, electric consumption, water, transportation, hospital bills, etc.; buy clothes for themselves and their families; feed their families; send their children to school; and get paid below the cost of living. In this country plagued with rampant labor rights violations, I prefer that the management of Creative Thinker be more creative and progressive, and replace and rephrase that writing on their wall. It's not something that I want my child to read and interpret as praising the advantages of robotics over "problematic" manual labor. What I will teach my children is this: "Those fascinating robots, which are also products of human intellect and labor in the first place, should benefit more of humanity including the working class -- and not just for maximizing the profits of a few capitalists!"

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