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blue collar

Characteristic of the working class, especially manual laborers. The phrase refers to the collar of a laborer's uniform, in contrast to the "white collar" shirts that typically accompany formal dress. I come from a blue collar family, so I will always champion the common man's concerns. Blue collar workers have always been an important part of our economy.
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blue collar

of the lower class or working class; of a job or a worker, having to do with manual labor. (Also, when used as an attributive adjective, often blue-collar. Compare this with white collar. Alludes to the typical color of work shirts worn by mechanics, laborers, etc.) His parents were both blue-collar workers. He was the first person in his family to go to college. They bought a house in a nice, settled, blue-collar neighborhood.
See also: blue, collar
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Of course, it would be preposterous to think about white-collar workers' mobilisation in Pakistan, where just about 2pc to 3pc of the blue-collar workforce is unionised, and the formation of industrial unions is hindered by weaknesses of a fragmented, divided labour.
A statement here on Thursday said that the JazzCash has joined hands with 'Fori Mazdoori' to empower millions of blue-collared workers through a form of digital inclusion.
While blue-collar fields remained fairly low in recommendations throughout the 1980s and 1990s, jobs in these sectors took on new popularity at the dawn of the new millennium, with 7% suggesting them to young men in 2001.
Sutton and her colleagues from the University of Texas, Austin--Department of Sociology graduate student Amanda Bosky and professor of sociology Chandra Muller--found that high-school training in blue-collar communities reduces both men's and women's odds of enrolling in a four-year college, but leads to different outcomes for males and females when they look for jobs.
This increase in number can be attributed to the fact that more blue-collar workers now get their salaries credited to their account on time."
He then used that trust to interview other blue-collar workers, in the end obtaining a more realistic perspective than those provided by pure academicians.
Although migration has brought many benefits to our city and region, those who feel threatened by it, are not the white professional middleclass but disaffected, financially insecure blue-collar workers and the long-term workless.
The train of thought that permeates from a collegiate and academic perspective is, why not let potential college students experience academia and blue-collared hands-on experiences at the same time?
A Dubaicharity has launched a programme to help the children of blue-collar workers plan their careers so they can have the opportunities their parents did not.
The Blue Valentine team turns to blue-collar crime in drama that can't see the wood for the trees.
As per a study conducted by a few researchers at Harvard, people with blue-collar jobs are 40 per cent more likely to suffer and die from a heart attack or stroke than others.
Out of those, the major part of the population consists of Blue-Collar workers from South Asia.
IN YEARS PAST, many people believed that blue-collar workers in lower- to middle-income jobs were the primary buyers of voluntary products.
Kamata Pakistan (http://www.kamatapakistan.com) is a web and mobile based start-up dedicated to bringing better job opportunities to the blue-collar (informal) job sector (cooks, technicians, welders, helpers, office boys, factory labour, sales persons etc.) by appropriately connecting with the right employers and job seekers via various digital mediums - website, SMS and social networks.
His results revealed that high-skilled blue-collar workers, such as those in construction trades and mechanics, were actually the highest daily users of maths, while those in lower paid white collar roles such as clerks and sales workers used it the least, News.com.au reported.