Minimum wage should be the same as the living wage and should be encouraged

(This is also discussed in the Income and Employment, Children and Young People and Welfare threads.)

The minimum wage should be the same as the living wage and should apply to all.

Procurement of services e.g. by the public sector should take minimum and living wage considerations into account.

 

Why the contribution is important

This is important as it reduces inequalities of income. 

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 27, 2015 at 09:37AM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 02, 2015 at 14:48

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Midlothian Planning Event:

    Income inequality should be tackled either by a citizen’s income or minimum wage, which should be the same as the living wage.

    (This is also discussed in the Income and Employment, Children and Young People and Welfare threads.)

    A Citizen’s Income would tackle class, poverty and scapegoating as well as disability issues. People are divided. If we focus on shared goals and needs, we have more capacity to work together and try to meet everyone’s needs.

    This is important as differences in income are used to divide society and reduces cooperation and sense of community.
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 December 14, 2015 at 12:06

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Stornoway Planning Event:

    Income inequality should be tackled by a citizen’s income or minimum wage should be the same as the living wage and should be encouraged, e.g. in procurement processes and by government and public sector paying their employees the living wage.

    Employers who do things well or badly should be publically praised or named and shamed; low paid should be taken out of tax.

    People felt that wages are the key to equality. The government should ensure that all of their employees and suppliers are paid the living wage, so this practice spreads through Scotland.

    However, they also felt that the way the living wage is determined also needs to be addressed. It was also suggested that people should be taken out of the tax system if they are earning a low wage, and that the cost of power, etc. should be lowered. The issue of the gender pay gap was also raised, and a solution was to publicly shame companies that aren’t paying women equally and praise those who are.

    This is important because if people don’t have money, they can’t partake in society or be full members of that society. Money affects everything else and if this is addressed it will level the playing field in every other aspect.
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