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The New Living Wage
April 29, 2016

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The New Living Wage

April 29, 2016

So, there we have it, the new living wage is in force and will benefit millions of low paid workers. Or will it? I was listening to The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 this am as is often my want when driving, half of his programme was taken up with a plethora of people calling in complaining the new living wage had meant a net loss for them. It seems many employers,  in meeting the new legal requirements of the living wage, have compensated themselves for the added financial burden by slashing or eradicating a range of perks and other bonuses previously paid to their employees. We heard of ; the loss of loyalty holiday incentives, extra pay for sudden call ins slashed or discontinued, loss of free food, overtime rates slashed, and a range of other non mandatory perks previously given freely to employees by bosses. Many callers said they were now worse off than before. It seems some employers had seized the opportunity the new legislation afforded them as an excuse to curtail or discontinue perks whilst other employers simply couldn't afford to pay more AND give the perks. Either way an otherwise well intentioned piece of legislation has backfired yet again. I always remember serving in Zimbabwe just after independence when I was part of  BMAAT (British Military Advisory and Training Team). Post independence legislation was enacted giving all indigenous  workers a minimum wage, $50 Zimbabwean a month I seem to recall. Previously they got about $30 Zimbabwean or thereabouts. The white farmers who hired a huge percentage of the local workforce had previously paid the lower wage BUT provided rent free housing, welfare, food and in many cases clothes for the entire family of their workers. Post legislation they charged rent and stopped many of the other free perks previously enjoyed by their workers. Exactly the same thing  happened in Zimbabwe as is happening here, people were WORSE off than before. My point is, very little happens these days that hasn't happened before at some time in history. the trouble is we never seem to learn the lessons that are so freely available to us. I recall many business people publicly saying that the new minimum living wage would have to be funded from somewhere and something would have to give. Now we know what that something is!! Greed on the part of the bosses? Possibly. Are some bosses simply unable to pay the increased wage without cutting other perks? Probably. Was the matter tested, tried, costed, or debated??? Don't think so¬! Anyone have any thoughts on the matter?? Pretty sure you do!!!

April 29, 2016

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The New Living Wage

April 29, 2016

It is once again the case, as always: Give with one hand, take back with the other, (plus 45%) that is what these governments do. Sad really, since the cash the authorities pay us is the tax they took ,from the money we in employment earned in our job, so we lose, they win. The greatest problem then is that if the workers are taxed to the point of a negative salary, where will the high taxes to pay for those setting the laws on tax, insurance, etc be coming from ? It will not be the worker, since he is paying for the high incomes our leaders get for taking too much from the workers in the first place. I know this is a bit more than a little naive, but the answer is embedded in there somewhere. We can, of course, put it all down to that Froggy King, Billy the Conqueror, ( or was it Billy the Kid??) since he did the initial dirty work, by writing the rules in the Domesday Book. (Well HE did not write it, HE dictated his needs to the scribblers), who in turn sent it out to the masses, with threats of death, or worse, if the serfs failed of refused to pay their tax. And the writers no doubt added their groat or six to the amount taxpayers paid, ergo, less pay, more taxation. Where have I seen that remark before??? Oh, yes in the government's manifesto. Silly me. That is it, getting late, off to the land of nod, before THEY invent more taxes.....Oh, silly me, not taxes, freely given financial non repayable contributions from  the poorly paid and over taxed serfs (that is us, naturally,,,) to the "leaders". No wonder we nearly lost two world wars....But that is another tale of woe...

April 29, 2016

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The New Living Wage

April 29, 2016

Further to your comments David the living wage increase has ment with some companies were workers got a staff discount for goods etc has gone , discounts 20/30 % have gone the way of the doh doh ,and with zero hour contracts I'd hate to be a non qualified kid starting out to-day


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