Living wage campaign takes to the streets

This Is Wiltshire: Group member Tom Wilkes said it was a positive event. Picture: STUART HARRISON Buy this photo Group member Tom Wilkes said it was a positive event. Picture: STUART HARRISON

CAMPAIGNERS took to the streets on Saturday to appeal for Swindon Council and the town’s businesses to pay their employees the living wage.

Different from the minimum wage, the living wage is the minimum income necessary for an average person to meet their basic needs. The minimum wage doesn’t necessarily cover those costs.

The members spoke to visitors to The Arcade shopping centre to raise awareness of their campaign.

Tom Wilkes, group member, said: “It was a very positive event and we are delighted as we didn’t meet anyone who was opposed to the living wage as I think they realise that it gets people into a respectable level of dignity allowing them to support their families.”

The group, which is part of the Equality Trust and launched a year ago, gave out leaflets and surveys to shoppers.

Tom said: “We are a pressure group and want to engage the public in all elements of inequality not just the living wage as we continue to grow in the future.”

Swindon Equality Group’s next meeting is taking place at St Luke’s Church Hall, in Broad Street, at 6pm on Thursday, May 15.

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8:53am Tue 29 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

What do you think happens when businesses and the government are forced to pay higher wages?

That's right, the immediately raise their prices and taxes to cover their increased wage bill.

Which means everyone who just thought they'd received a pay rise have just gone straight back to square one in real terms.

These people never think these things through, it's just the usual Leftie nonsense of 'Give everyone more money' - as if that can happen in a vacuum.
What do you think happens when businesses and the government are forced to pay higher wages? That's right, the immediately raise their prices and taxes to cover their increased wage bill. Which means everyone who just thought they'd received a pay rise have just gone straight back to square one in real terms. These people never think these things through, it's just the usual Leftie nonsense of 'Give everyone more money' - as if that can happen in a vacuum. ChannelX
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3:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

back_to_reality says...

What do you think happens when businesses and the government pay lower wages?

That's right, the government has to pay top-up benefits to those underpaid members of the workforce to make-up the shortfall in their wages. Then immediately raise their taxes to cover their increased benefits bill, which becomes a subsidy for those companies who are enjoying the profits generated by their cheap labour. Which means everyone has to pay for this subsidy through taxation.

It pays to 'think these things through' from all all angles if you want to understand the bigger picture.
What do you think happens when businesses and the government pay lower wages? That's right, the government has to pay top-up benefits to those underpaid members of the workforce to make-up the shortfall in their wages. Then immediately raise their taxes to cover their increased benefits bill, which becomes a subsidy for those companies who are enjoying the profits generated by their cheap labour. Which means everyone has to pay for this subsidy through taxation. It pays to 'think these things through' from all all angles if you want to understand the bigger picture. back_to_reality
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9:03am Wed 30 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

back_to_reality wrote:
What do you think happens when businesses and the government pay lower wages?

That's right, the government has to pay top-up benefits to those underpaid members of the workforce to make-up the shortfall in their wages. Then immediately raise their taxes to cover their increased benefits bill, which becomes a subsidy for those companies who are enjoying the profits generated by their cheap labour. Which means everyone has to pay for this subsidy through taxation.

It pays to 'think these things through' from all all angles if you want to understand the bigger picture.
Oh dear.

Do you think taxes would go down, or be frozen, if a 'Living Wage' became mandatory?

Deluded Leftie thinking... again.

You also seem to have completely missed the point I made above. If everyone gets paid more, all prices for goods, services and taxes rises to cover those increased costs.

Which means everyone pays more to arrive at the same place. Those on the minimum 'Living Wage' would be in exactly the same situation they were before and would therefore still rely on benefits to make up their income.

You do realise the irony of your comment about government 'paying' low wages and then having to 'top them up' worth benefits? It's ALL our money, they government has NO money.
[quote][p][bold]back_to_reality[/bold] wrote: What do you think happens when businesses and the government pay lower wages? That's right, the government has to pay top-up benefits to those underpaid members of the workforce to make-up the shortfall in their wages. Then immediately raise their taxes to cover their increased benefits bill, which becomes a subsidy for those companies who are enjoying the profits generated by their cheap labour. Which means everyone has to pay for this subsidy through taxation. It pays to 'think these things through' from all all angles if you want to understand the bigger picture.[/p][/quote]Oh dear. Do you think taxes would go down, or be frozen, if a 'Living Wage' became mandatory? Deluded Leftie thinking... again. You also seem to have completely missed the point I made above. If everyone gets paid more, all prices for goods, services and taxes rises to cover those increased costs. Which means everyone pays more to arrive at the same place. Those on the minimum 'Living Wage' would be in exactly the same situation they were before and would therefore still rely on benefits to make up their income. You do realise the irony of your comment about government 'paying' low wages and then having to 'top them up' worth benefits? It's ALL our money, they government has NO money. ChannelX
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1:13pm Wed 30 Apr 14

back_to_reality says...

"Which means everyone pays more to arrive at the same place"

Congratulations, you got there.
"Which means everyone pays more to arrive at the same place" Congratulations, you got there. back_to_reality
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1:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

back_to_reality wrote:
"Which means everyone pays more to arrive at the same place"

Congratulations, you got there.
So why are they campaigning to increase the minimum wage to a 'Living' wage then?!

There is precisely NO point, other than to look all worthy and 'caring' - without achieving anything for those they're pretending to help yet costing everyone else yet more money.

Leftie madness.
[quote][p][bold]back_to_reality[/bold] wrote: "Which means everyone pays more to arrive at the same place" Congratulations, you got there.[/p][/quote]So why are they campaigning to increase the minimum wage to a 'Living' wage then?! There is precisely NO point, other than to look all worthy and 'caring' - without achieving anything for those they're pretending to help yet costing everyone else yet more money. Leftie madness. ChannelX
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9:05pm Thu 1 May 14

Fairness for all says...

ChanelX can I suggest that you read a copy of 'The Spirit Level' by Wilkinson and Picket? You will then discover just how much income inequality is costing you and your family every day. Paying the Living Wage is only one step towards re-balancing our society and ensuring that everyone can enjoy the rewards of hard work. Large companies that pay the living wage have found that they have not had to raise their prices because they have made substantial savings through recruitment, retention and increased productivity.
ChanelX can I suggest that you read a copy of 'The Spirit Level' by Wilkinson and Picket? You will then discover just how much income inequality is costing you and your family every day. Paying the Living Wage is only one step towards re-balancing our society and ensuring that everyone can enjoy the rewards of hard work. Large companies that pay the living wage have found that they have not had to raise their prices because they have made substantial savings through recruitment, retention and increased productivity. Fairness for all
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