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Last Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005, 17:04 GMT
All in a Day's Work
First broadcast December 2005

All in a Day's Work takes a look at the lives of people going about their business.

Domestic workers, soldiers, judges and spiritual leaders talk about their duties and job satisfaction.

A Buddhist lama from Australia observes emotions; an Afghan judge sees how it would be easy for the terrorists he sentences to have him killed; an Israeli soldier talks about the stereotype of his job; and an Indian domestic worker wonders how he ended up cleaning other people's toilets.

In each programme, three people in three different countries compare experiences of doing the same job.

Part One: Domestic Workers

For Doreen in South Africa and Rajesh in India, managing someone else's household can involve anything from polishing shoes and making tea to childcare and doing the cooking.

"The paradox of domestic workers is that they are indispensable to a particular lifestyle, but are often treated as if they are totally irrelevant," says Margaret, a housekeeper in a large house in Great Britain.

The work is hard, but she finds a lot of satisfaction: "Making beds is making beds, but there's a way of doing it well."

This programme gives a voice to workers who are sometimes overlooked by their employers.


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