“blue collar worker” and “pink collar worker”

A “blue collar worker” works in an industry and is always involved in manual labour. You will find this individual in factories sweating it out on the shop floor. You won’t find him sitting behind a huge desk in an office. Nowadays, the term can be applied to both men and women. “Pink collar workers”, on the other hand, are always women. Low paid jobs available in offices and restaurants are usually referred to “pink collar jobs”.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, Feb 7, 2005

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