In the news today, more bullshit about child poverty and low wages.
The STUC have called on the Scottish Government to ensure that all public sector employees receive a 'living wage'. Glasgow city council already pay all their directly employed staff at least £7 an hour, which is £1.27 an hour higher than the minimum wage.
The BBC have tied this story up with a report from the Joseph Rowntree Trust that the Scottish Government will miss it's target of eliminating child poverty totally by 202o.
The obvious question to ask is why the taxpayer should be squeezed even more to pay the increased wage bill if the demands of the STUC are met. I'm sure all staff could get at least £7 an hour provided efficiency savings are met within the public sector as a whole, with no added burden to the taxpayer. We all know that huge parts of the sector are over staffed and chronically inefficient.
A two tier 'minimum wage' system will only create tension and bitterness between the public and private sector employees. Why should a worker employed by a retailer, for instance, get paid the statutory minimum wage only for his/her hard earned cash to be plundered to pay a council employee at least £7 per hour? It's just not right. Perhaps the idiots that spout such nonsense need to think before making ridiculous demands.
And anyway, haven't they heard of tax credits?
People should be paid what they are worth. End of.
As for 'child poverty', I'm struggling to understand what child poverty actually is in this country. I've never seen a child with rickets. Nor a malnourished child. Perhaps child poverty is not ensuring your child has the latest playstation game. There are, sadly, neglected children but I don't think child neglect is the same as child poverty.