pay the workers

How can we justify paying a minimum income to everyone when we don't pay key workers enough for doing the tough jobs they do. I'd rather see nurses rewarded for working than a bizarre social experiment to level down the country. We need to reward work to get an economy moving post pandemic.

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The key point in this idea is value to society, we need to reward work to get an economy moving post pandemic.

by BlueSkye on August 18, 2021 at 02:34PM

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  • Posted by DuineSgith August 18, 2021 at 16:49

    I agree that minimum wage should be higher, but I don't think higher minimum wage and MIG are mutually exclusive. Even if minimum wage functioned as it was designed to (working full time on minimum wage is enough to provide for a decent home and raising of a family), there would still always be people who couldn't work, full time or at all, whether permanently or just for a temporary period, for a wide range of reasons. And having the stability of MIG there for those people would absolutely be a good thing.
  • Posted by Dober67 August 20, 2021 at 14:13

    As stated, yes increasing the minimum wage, would be extremely helpful, it’s not going to help the people who are unable to work. Also, how many employers are still doing zero contracts, is also depcrmental to people being able to put food on the table. Having MIG will reassure people that should they not have work they will have money for food, and heating. And, yes, not just the key workers, as you could argue all jobs are key jobs, all deserve higher wages to reaffirm that they are appreciated for working and helping to keep us healthy and happy and safe. But, we must not forget the unpaid workers, carers, of every age, who put aside their lives to look after a person they care about. Or penalise people who either can’t find a job, or can’t work in some areas or for any length of time. Like someone who is disabled, who can not hold down a job, but is able to volunteer to sit on a phone for a half hour every few days, these people are penalised for doing this, when they are still helping people around them.
  • Posted by alan_robb September 02, 2021 at 13:38

    I agree that a minimum wage or as stated a minimum income would be fantastic, but thanks to the pandemic I have seen the issues and problems with the so called GIG economy, uncertain hours, uncertain wages, These days both parents can work full time and still struggle with bills food vs heat and when everything goes well maybe a wee holiday.. But this is unsustainable one small hiccup a dead washing machine, or issues with a car is all it takes to destroy a working family the minimum wage is woeful and can be destructive. We know that benefits are abused, but a family starting out with one young child is so tight for money benefits is the only option sometimes as minimum wage is so bad it's unworkable in some area's. To allow wages to drop so close to poverty when a single large bill comes in its pay it or eat we are in a wrong place. Great for employers eh?, but not really with so many "minimum" wage jobs about the choices for employee is jump ship for better wages (or an easier job) That means staff turnover is rapid not good for business. So bottom line set a Living wage with plus £10 to save for the bumps in the roads.
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