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Some of us are still working, and that's okay

Filed on March 25, 2020 | Last updated on March 25, 2020 at 09.40 pm

An enormous economic depression, wages cannot be paid and millions are laid off. That is the most likely scenario after the world recovers from the current crisis. Any organisation that is still pushing people to work is actually doing so to stay afloat, which is quite commendable and a sign that you may still have a job after this pandemic is over. I often wondered why employees expect to get paid when the organisation is not making money. After all, the bottom line of any firm is to make money. How does a company pay if it doesn't get the required revenue? People complaining about still going to work should understand that the government is (in spite of the temptation to be emotional about this) deciding to be pragmatic about the situation and face the situation head-on by allowing 80 per cent lockdown. Allowing at least 20 per cent to still work gives the economy some cushion to fall back on when on all this is over.

- Tolulope, KT website

*Staying at home, undoubtedly, is the best way to curb the spread of virus (Stay home, stay safe: UAE urges public not to step out in fight against Covid-19; KT, March 25). But there are many people who are still going to work. Some companies are still insisting on attendance, and threaten to cut the wages if employees do not turn up. How can people implement 'stay home' advisory if companies don't support them?

- Antony Thomas, KT website

*#StayHome is a good initiative, and can help contain the spread of virus. It will discourage people from crowding places. But spare a thought for people working at construction sites, and the ones who use public transport. There can be a possibility of 1 out of 50 being a carrier and thus spreading it among others. We need to take measures to stop that.

- Lijo, KT website

 


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