A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. So much of the infrastructure of our civilisation is maintained by low-paid workers. Photo: AFP A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. So much of the infrastructure of our civilisation is maintained by low-paid workers. Photo: AFP
A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. So much of the infrastructure of our civilisation is maintained by low-paid workers. Photo: AFP
Hari Raj
Opinion

Opinion

As I see it by Hari Raj

Essential workers risk their lives to keep our societies running. Don’t just thank them, pay them more

  • The coronavirus pandemic has shown how much we need those who care for our sick, deliver our food, bring us our packages and take our rubbish away
  • But acknowledging the difficulty of their work and applauding their efforts is not enough – it’s high time we actually valued them too, says Hari Raj

A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. So much of the infrastructure of our civilisation is maintained by low-paid workers. Photo: AFP A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. So much of the infrastructure of our civilisation is maintained by low-paid workers. Photo: AFP
A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. So much of the infrastructure of our civilisation is maintained by low-paid workers. Photo: AFP
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Hari Raj

Hari Raj

Hari Raj has worked as a journalist and editor in Melbourne, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, where he is currently based.