Essay: Discrimination at Lafarge China
Discrimination was a thorny issue in relation to local employees and their Beijing counterparts. Yet the SA8000 stipulate that there should be No discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union or political affiliation, or age. While in the scenario Lafarge staffs from Beijing are accorded best accommodation with good conditions, while the local Chinese staffs are given less attractive accommodation. The Beijing staffs are paid based on the market rates while the local workers are paid peanuts. This is really a pressing issue on the side of local workers who feel they are treated unfairly on the virtue of being locals.
The firm in a move to restore confidence and morale of the local workers, the firm used wage determination system with a reasonable compromise and over time monitoring surveys reports, resignation reasons related to salary on part of the local staff and improved other inequalities such as accommodation. The critical view is that it is difficult to harmonize reward for both local and foreign expatriates whose retention is crucial to skills they hold (Kotter, 1995). Thus a compromise was the better option that later own with continued communication there were less complains and bad feelings fade away (Chaney & Martin, 2004; Bartlett & Ghoshal 2002).