Want More Unemployment? Increase the Minimum Wage

Trade unionists who promote it, the officials who estimate it, the rulers who decree it, are not part of the legion of unemployed who surely would work for less than the official minimum wage.

Monday, March 9, 2015

EDITORIAL

The unemployed have no voice, in principle because they do not pay a sindical fee, and if they did have one, they would not raise it, because it feels devoid of the dignity necessary to do so, because they are used to adopting a very humble position in job interviews. Nothing further impoverishes the human spirit that lack of gainful income of one form or another.

The unemployed, for lack of good jobs, would take bad jobs. They would be content to work -and to get paid - four hours instead of eight, and they would not mind working today and not tomorrow, even if it was without social benefits because their problem - his and his family - is eating today: tomorrow is another day.

The unemployed do not enjoy the main human right: free will. When there are no good jobs they can not choose to take a bad job, which even though it is bad still mitigates their needs. Unionists, bureaucrats and rulers decided that there can be bad jobs, but only good jobs, because for them the harsh reality of globalization does not exists, globalisation which requires employers in the real sector to be competitive globally, on pain of extinction of their companies and of job creation.



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