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    window-side employee

    We have a term 'MADOGIWAZOKU', literally 'window-side
    people'. Those are the people who are not needed
    in the company, but for some reason or another the
    company has to keep them. They are given no meaningful
    work and are just sitting near the window. The company
    might be wanting them to vluntarily retire. The company
    might have to keep them because they have contributed
    to the company for a long time. Anyway it's not an
    enjoyable position.
    I wonder if there is any appropriate English term
    for this. 'Pencil pusher' or 'pen pusher' are
    somewhat different I think.
    Thank you.
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    Re: dump lorry

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    Re: dump lorry

    In Arabic they are called "qi-wa fa-e-dha" which translates into English as, "excess work force".

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    Re: dump lorry

    "Sheltered workshop"is originally meant for mentally and physically handicapped people, but is very commonly used in Finland among healthy people as well, experiencing that their work is menial or they cannot influence on things well enough and that they just collect the montly salary.

    They can even be well-paid ,as one engineer who i know felt that he was working for the "sheltered workshop"

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    Re: dump lorry

    Thank you very much, everybody.

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    Re: dump lorry

    The process can be a type of constructive dismissal, as long as the aim is to get rid of them. I don't know of a term for the person.

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