Krankenpfleger-, Dolmetscher- und Übersetzerpreise

Prices of nurses, interpreters and translators.

A year or two after the second U.S. invasion of Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld said the occupation was having trouble finding enough nurses and translators and he was thinking about reinstating the draft but just for people in those professions. His proposal came as a bit of a shock, but the problem was no surprise. Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni for example had criticized in the run-up to Iraq II that Mr. Rumsfeld and his people had thrown out years of resource planning the Pentagon had researched for invasions into that (and any) corner of the world.

Consequences: No drafts for that one. Maybe the next one. General Zinni appeared to be punished for speaking out and forced to retire. He wrote books, became a decent television pundit and joined the private sector, at companies like Veritas Capital and B.A.E. Systems. Initially, colleagues and clients said translators of languages such as Arabic, Pashto and Urdu had started making six-figure annual salaries working for the federal government, but then word and hourly rates or annual salaries being mentioned to me went back down again as the jobs got sourced through several hops of companies, each taking their cut.

(CRONK en fleggah,   DOLE metchah   oont   ÜÜÜ bə ZETS ah prize ah.)


“Construction deficiencies.” The factory building that recently collapsed in Bangladesh, in which thousands of people were working despite cracks in the walls having been spotted the day before, had insufficient steel in its framework, insufficient cement in its concrete, and whoever was responsible had added three extra stories to the number of floors allowed on its construction permit.

There were reports that, after the cracks were spotted, fire inspectors closed the building. But factory owners ignored them and ordered people in to work the next day.

(B OW! main gell.)


Fire protection agreement, a.k.a “Memorandum of Understanding on fire safety in Bangladesh between PVH and labor rights organizations and unions in Bangladesh and internationally,” a voluntary agreement to ensure safer textile factories in Bangladesh that presumably could be applied in other exporting countries if it proves effective. This is especially relevant after recent deadly fires in Bangladeshi factories. ZDF heute journal reports that though the US corporation PVH has taken the praiseworthy step of negotiating this fire safety agreement, its provisions will only come into effect after least three other major outsourcing corporations have signed it. Of the largest companies that import clothing into Europe and Germany, the industry leaders Zara and H&M have already rejected the agreement, while C&A reports they are planning to discuss it at least. The German company Tchibo agreed to sign on last September.

German union ver.di reports that this fire safety agreement is for a two-year program that includes training in fire safety, the formation of working committees in the companies’ factories and “a comprehensive independent control/inspection system,” in which employees and their unions can be actively involved.

PVH describes key points in its agreement as follows:

“This fire safety agreement is groundbreaking, because:
“1) It is not a verbal promise, or a voluntary initiative, but a legally binding contract between PVH – and any other brands that join – and worker representatives.
“2) It will, for the first time, allow fire safety inspections led by people outside the apparel industry, with inspection reports made public.
“3) Under the agreement, the brands will require all of their suppliers in Bangladesh to open themselves to inspection, and, most importantly, to eliminate any fire hazards the inspections uncover and make their factories safe. Brands cannot continue doing business with any supplier that refuses to make necessary repairs. Also, under the agreement, the brands are committed to pay prices to suppliers that make it feasible for the suppliers to make the necessary repairs.
“4) Under the agreement, brands must require suppliers to accept worker-led health and safety committees in every factory, so that workers will play a direct role in protecting themselves and their fellow workers.
“The goal now is to convince more brands and retailers to accept the obligations of this program so that it can be fully implemented and begin to transform the apparel industry in Bangladesh from the most dangerous in the world for workers to an industry that is fundamentally safe. Without additional brands, the program cannot be implemented.”

(BROND shoots ob come en.)

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