Two Indian Women Could Be the World’s Lowest-paid Workers

Posted on October 23, 2012

Two women in India could possibly be the lowest-paid workers in the world. Just how much do they earn?

Akku and Leela Sherigar saved their earnings for 40 years!

After scrubbing toilets in southern India for 40 years, without taking a day off, they managed to save close to only US$103 each. That’s an average of just US$3 a year.

Both 59 years old, Akku and Leela started working at the Government’s Women Teacher’s Training Institute in 1971. Their salary started at 15 rupees a month, and it never changed.

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Akku said, “We were promised a pay rise [sic] every year, but it never came. We trusted our employers, that eventually they’d pay us. We never believed it’d come to this. We take pride in our work. We couldn’t give it up. We have always hoped that we would get what we were promised.”

Finally, in 2001, they raised their complaints with the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal, in Udupi, India. Without proper notice, their pay was suddenly stopped. This did not stop Akku and Leela, however. They continued cleaning toilets, three times a day, seven days a week, for 11 years — for free.

In 2003, the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal ordered the government to give the two women their dues. However, not a single rupee was given to them.

Despite their anger, they decided to apply to the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s lowest-paid workers. With the help of supporters and the media, they hope that something positive will come out of their current situation.

“All we want is what is due to us, what our hard work through the past 42 years deserves,” Akku said.

I hope nothing but the best for these two dedicated ladies.

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Thomas Zychowski
Thomas Zychowski

This proves that working hard does not make you rich and never will.

Thomas Zychowski
Thomas Zychowski

Yeah, God rewarded them with poverty and sore backs and 103 dollars for decades of work. Did you even consider that they don't worship your God but probably Shiva or some other polytheistic entity. Let us turn to the good book for advice; What does the Bible say about beating slaves? It says you can beat both male and female slaves with a rod so hard that as long as they don't die right away you are cleared of any wrong doing. When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB) You would think that Jesus and the New Testament would have a different view of slavery, but slavery is still approved of in the New Testament, as the following passages show. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT) Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT) In the following parable, Jesus clearly approves of beating slaves even if they didn't know they were doing anything wrong. The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given." (Luke 12:47-48 NLT) Hallelujah!