UK workers are losing rights

“Tory MPs are continuing to promote a Bill to abolish the minimum wage, which is due to be debated tomorrow.”

Yesterday, I was asking a Union representative: “What about the Minimum Wage? What’s going to happen?” He just answered: ” You’re not in the Minimum Wage, so you don’t need to worry about it!”  “So, what was that propaganda all about? Just a strategy to earn votes?” – I asked. He replied: “Oh, they always do that.” Without wanting to question the Union’s strategy (I think the Unions are of major importance in any economy, to protect the workers of all kind of abuses), I must question this position and this kind of answers. I don’t mind that one answer is given to avoid a long sequence of explanations, and I think this is the case. But it’s a wrong philosophy. The Unions must be like the Musketeers, if they want to win – “All for one and one for all!” Even if I’m not earning the Minimum Wage, I must be concerned about the ones who are.

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 The Minimum Wage is a right of every worker. It is a prevention against the exploitation of the human being by unscrupulous employers – and there are so many, you can’t imagine.  Its abolition will allow this kind of exploitation to grow to an unprecedented level. A job will be given to the one who is disposed to work for two pounds, rather to the one who works for five. Due to the competition, all wages will consequently lower. As many people know and is very well informed by the JobCentre, the earnings in benefits may consequently be higher than the wages paid for working. So, many people will opt for staying at home instead of going to work and earning less. It will be another shock to the economy, and one very difficult to turn around. So, the ones who think that it will increase competitivity are wrong. Once more, I must quote the example of my country, Portugal. There, the Minimum Wage wasn’t abolished (but it’s not even worth to go through the trouble, because it is already a misery), but the employers still wanted to pay less or not to pay at all. So, they recurred to illegal workers, who, due to their conditions, work for any price. The Portuguese Minister of Economy went to China, trying to attract Chinese investors to the country, and his strongest argument was: “Portugal has a very competitive economy, because the wages are low.” The Portuguese, for the first time aware of the Governments’ strategy, almost got in shock with this statement and there were riots.

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Another example I must quote, and which I referred to the Union when this debate concerning the Minimum Wage started: we are not paid for our breaks, even though we must remain in the workplace and many times we don’t even have breaks at all; we are not entitled to sickness payment, unless we suffer a terrible accident in the workplace, we are not entitled to Holiday allowance or to what they call the 13 month, we don’t have even a “meal allowance”. Losing the Minimum Wage means the loss of the last of the low-paid worker’s right, and this will have strong psychological effects on motivation, which is a factor that has a heavy weight on a company’s success.

So, is it worth it?…


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