Today there was tension on the factory floor. Usually it was a friendly place, with forty young girls working on their sewing machines and chattering incessantly. But today no one felt like gossiping.
Their supervisor Miss Chang, was a middle aged lady, who ruled them firmly but fairly. Her philosophy was maintaining a relaxed family atmosphere in the workplace, while ensuring maximum efficiency. But today was different, she had been as prickly as a hedgehog since morning, finding fault with anyone and everyone.
This atmosphere of tension continued all morning. By lunch time Sally, the youngest worker, could stand it no longer. Taking courage in both hands, she walked up to Miss Chang and asked her if she was feeling okay.
Everyone else watched with baited breath, as they were sure that Sally would get a massive telling off for not minding their own business. To their immense surprise, Miss Chang answered Sally with a flood of tears.
“I have been serving this company faithfully since 1999,” she said. “This morning I received a letter saying that my services are no longer required by the company.
I don’t know what to do. They are going to give me one month’s pay in advance. I am supposed to clear my desk and be gone by 5 pm.”
Sally and her colleagues were really perturbed to see Miss Chang so upset. They had always seen her cool, calm and in control of every situation.
“I don’t know what to do,” continued Miss Chamg gratefully accepting Sally’s handkerchief, “I am fifty five years old. Nobody else is going to give me a job now”
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Are her employers treating her fairly?
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Written for Three Things Challenge