Rules of capitalist exploitation

The image displayed below caught my attention. It’s a photo of a plaque inside the Physical Facilities Office (PFO) of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas. I saw it when I went there to have the Constitutional Convention tarpaulin checked and approved for posting. It’s the protocol here in the university. I never knew that the PFO has such protocols proclaimed and constantly reminded to them by this plaque.

Capitalist comandments

Work Rules

1 SICKNESS: No excuses will be acceptable. We will no longer accept your doctor’s statement as proof of illness as we believe that if you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

2 LEAVE OR ABSENCE FOR AN OPERATION: We are no longer allowing this practice. We wish to discourage any thoughts that you may not need all of whatever you have, and you should consider having anything removed. We hired you as you are, and to have anything removed certainly makes you less than we bargained for.

3 DEATH, OTHER THAN YOUR OWN: This is no excuse. If you can arrange for funeral services to be held late in the afternoon however, we can let you off an hour early, provided all your work is up to date.

4 DEATH, YOUR OWN: This will be accepted as an excuse, but we would like at least two weeks notice, as we feel it is your duty to teach someone else your job.

5 PERSONAL HYGIENE: Entirely too much time is being spent in the washrooms. In the future, you will follow the practice of going in alphabetical order, for instance, those surnames beginning with “A” will be allowed to go from 9 – 9:05, and so on. If you are unable to go at your appointed time, it will be necessary to wait until the next day when your time comes around again.

6 QUANTITY OF WORK: No matter how much you do, you’ll never do enough.

7 QUALITY OF WORK: The minimum acceptable level is perfection.

8 ADVICE FROM OWNER: Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing wosre will happen to you the rest of the day.



From a worker’s point of view, or any thinking person’s point of view; these rules are inhuman, cruel, downright dastardly and simply exploitative. The classical traits of capitalist exploitation. I wonder if these rules are really enforced? 😉

If so, then St. John Baptist De La Salle must be rolling in high heavens right now!

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