Apparently there is a move in Kerala to organise a trade union for housewives. I read about it in an opinion poll in Mumbai Mirror and was totally intrigued by the idea. So many ideas and possibilities, what-ifs and why-nots kept boomeranging around in my thoughts. Some thoroughly flippant, some deserving of deeper thought.
If implemented, housewives would earn a minimum salary for doing everyday chores in their own homes. I wonder who would decide what that basic salary should be. And I wonder what they will base that decision on.
Will a housewife with a washing machine, vacuum cleaner, dish-washer, etc. command a lower salary than her harder-worked sisters who are deprived of these electronic assistants ?
Will those with cooks and maids to help them, have to undergo a salary cut?
What if she isn't efficient at her work ... will she get a pink slip?
And what about the working women who rush back home after work and act the role of homemaker too?
Next, will the bread-winner of the family organise another trade union to take care of his own interests? I wonder what his demands will be !
Questions, questions... open Pandora's box and see what happens! What do you think?