The management had called a mass-meeting of all employees.
    ‘My friends,’ said the managing director, ‘I have to announce that, as from a month hence, this factory is to go over to total automation.’
    There was a gasp from the whole audience.
    ‘All processes will be carried out by machines. This will mean that the work is done better, more quickly and more profitably.’
    ‘What about us?’ someone called out.
    ‘There is no cause for alarm. You will be paid as usual, with annual increments. You will continue to have the same subsidized canteen and sports facilities. All you will have to do is to come in on Fridays to collect your pay.’
    Nasrudin, a union official, stood up.
    ‘Not every Friday I hope?’