Thursday, 16 October 2014

Worth the minimum wage?

Well, they're at it again.

Tory welfare minister Lord Freud is under fire for saying about disabled people:

“You make a really good point about the disabled. There is a group where actually, as you say, they’re not worth the full wage.”

(The "you" in the quote is a Tory councillor who said asked a question about "mentally damaged" people not being worth the minimum wage).

How can anyone be described as "not worth the minimum wage"?  I accept that some people with a disability may not be able to do as much work as somebody else, but not worth the minimum wage?

Surely the minimum wage is at its current level for a reason.  That reason is to provide people with a basic standard of living no matter what work they do.

To say that someone is not even worth that is an absolute disgrace.

The really sad thing is, I'm not even very surprised.

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