Relations: McEmpire (online version)
Janet Cohen 
Janet Cohen hated Arabs. She disliked the former Hindus and non-Arab former
Islamists that were laborers in the factory also, but she had a particular
hatred for Arabs. They were so hard to motivate. She imagined it must be
because there were almost no unemployeds in Zone 8.
On the network television that came from North America there had been a lot
of discussion recently about how useless the unemployeds were and how the world
might be better off if they were all allowed to starve to death. But Janet
wished there were more unemployeds here to show the laborers how good they
Here in Zone 8 everyone that had been other than Christian or Jew was
now laboring class or dead. As far as she could tell, the lack of an
unemployed class competing for their jobs was making the laborers, and
particularly the Arabs, very lazy and insubordinate. All that was asked of
them was that they turn out an ever-increasing supply of Ray Ban sunglasses.
For this they needed to work longer and longer hours with fewer breaks for
the same pay, but they were fortunate to have jobs at all. In other Zones
there were throngs of unemployeds that would be happy to have their jobs
and indeed she had begun discussions with Manpower Inc. to see what it
would cost to relocate masses of laborers from Zone 1 and create an
unemployed class in Gemilut Chasadim out of the Arabs.
There was one Arab girl in particular, Noura Nassir, that
seemed impossible to motivate. She was 17 years old, always tired at
work, and just as lazy as the days were long as far as Janet was
concerned. Janet spied her on the floor now about to collect her pay.