Posts Tagged ‘living wage’

Income inequality in the UK

June 26, 2014

The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world. The gap between pay at the top and bottom is huge. Living standards for everyone – apart from those at the very top – remain squeezed. But it does not have to be.

Le revenu de base illustré

November 11, 2012

A clever little animation on minimum wage.

In the UK there is now a push for a Living Wage.

When people are paid a Living Wage, as Mayor Boris is pushing for in London, everyone benefits as that money is spent at grass roots.

If we have local shops, local businesses, then money spent at grass roots gets recycled within the local economy.

Counter to this is austerity measures. In Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, wages are being cut, pensions cut, the economy collapses.

In the UK, services are being cut, people on benefits being forced to work in companies for no wages.

Those in employment are often on minimum wage on Zero Hours contracts.

Zero Hours contracts are where during slack periods workers are sent home on no pay.

Asia Floor Wage

November 24, 2009

The idea behind the Asia Floor Wage is to create a basic living wage across Asian countries. This is to counteract the race to the bottom by companies like Primark, who put pressure not only on individual factories but also on the countries where the factory is located. If the factory owners do not lower their factory gate prices, which translates to lower wages, longer working hours, then the buyers simply source elsewhere. Factory competes against factory, country against country, profits go up, wages and working conditions go down, or in other words the classic race to the bottom.

The Asia Floor Wage Alliance, a large coalition of unions and labour organisations spread across Asia, is supported in the West by trade unions and NGOs and anti-sweatshop movements such as Labour Behind the Label and War on Want.

The Asia floor wage, ie a living wage, should provide sufficient for food costs and non-food costs of a standard family of 2 adults and 2 children. The wage should be earned during each country’s legal maximum working week, though not above 48 hours.

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Asia Floor Wage

Stitching a decent Wage across boarders

Primark – the high cost of cheap fashion

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