Saturday, 9 November 2013

Living Wage Baloney

The customer, not the the worker decides what a job is worth.  No minimum wage law will ever change that.  If you won't pay, it won't be made or done. Accounting 101 for hamburgers goes like this:  You fork out five bucks for a fast food burger with extra onions. Now take away a quarter for the boss, two bucks for ingredients, another buck for rent and stuff. That leaves $1.75 to pay people to make  two four ounce patties on a bun with pickle and secret sauce. Deduct another  thirty five cents for government surcharges (WCB EI CPP) and there you have it. The customer says the workers can be paid $1.40 per hamburger.  If the boss can't negotiate the gap between what you'll pay for a fast food hamburger and what John and Jane will work for,  there's a big fat zero. No job and no business. It's not rocket science.
Majority in favour of receiving
other people's money.

The worth of a human being is never the issue.  What customers will pay for the stuff they want is the issue.

ADDED: This may sound heartless.  I'm a small employer and try to shield staff from business ups and downs.  We don't hire unless we can offer a pretty much full time job, at least for a few months. I've never paid the minimum wage, always more. We avoid layoffs until we can find nothing to build or tidy up for the guys.  But the bottom line is still the same: The customers decide what the work is worth.

I want to pay more for a hamburger.

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