A fair minimum wage.

Ralph Nader the American consumer rights activist believes that there are issues that both left and right can unite on to make this world a better place. One issue is protection of civil liberties. Another issue is a fair minimum wage.
A fair minimum wage insures that workers can live based on the wages alone. The worker isn’t depended on the state welfare to survive. It protects good employers from bad employers. If an employee’s wage is too low then the state and that means the taxpayer is subsidising the employer in paying the employee’s wages.
People may ask why some free market people believe in a fair minimum wage? They want the reduction in the size of the state. A low wage economy actually increases the welfare bill. If employers believe that the cost of labour is too high in an economy that is due to the cost of living being too high. Maybe if we want fair wages and a reduction in the burden for employers then we should look at the cost of living in general and we should try to reduce the cost of living.
We can envision other policies in a different world. But in this world of ours work is better than welfare. Work that pays ensures that welfare dependency is reduced. A minimum wage that is fair ensures that these goals can happen. The problems in our economy is due to the cost of living and not the wages people are getting in general.
John O Brien.

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Author: irishfabian

I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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