GDN Reader's View: Lesson in life
Pankaj Nabahan K V, Vice president, General Trade Union
This is in response to the article ‘Counselling key to stop suicides’, (GDN, September 7). I think the highly paid advisers quoted know nothing about the situation of labourers who take their own lives.
They do not leave this life easily. In fact, they survive to the last on a salary of BD50 or BD80. That is probably less than these advisers or counselling professionals spend on smoking or cups of tea.
Labourers are not living for themselves, they are living for their poor fathers, mothers and relatives in some other country.
Yes, give counselling to the labourers. But at the same time it is even more important to change the attitudes of company owners and sponsors.
Convince employers to pay the proper salary at the proper time. Labourers are humans too, despite earning low wages.
We must convince employers to sacrifice some of their luxuries, if that’s what it takes to ensure the well-being of their staff.
Advice and counselling is freely available everywhere, but the issue is people’s livelihoods.
If this is provided, they know how to survive better than these counsellors.