Even today, millions of full-time workers struggle to cover the cost of housing, food, health care, childcare and other basic necessities for themselves and their families. I’m not at the minimum wage and I still struggle financially, so I can’t imagine how it would be to survive with a lower wage.
Each day the working poor in our country are forced to make difficult choices such as buying food or paying rent, filling a prescription or the gas tank. Without my prescription my health goes to hell and my attendance at work suffers. It is therefore in the employer’s benefit to offer a living wage to his employees.
Living Wage and Domestic Violence
The first thing that come to my mind when people wonder why a living wage is important is domestic violence. Why? Because women living in poverty and conflict are especially vulnerable to experiencing violence. Many women currently in a unhappy or abusive relationship stay with their current partner due to financial security. They simply can’t afford to move out. You should never have to stay in a violent household because you can’t afford to live on your own. This is why having a living wage is so important. It affect quality of life and justice.
Then once you factor in the global gender pay gap and it’s little wonder women are put in difficult positions time and time again. Equal pay is also vital for quality of life and justice.
“Poverty exists not because we cannot feed the poor, but because we cannot satisfy the rich.” – Unknown
More than ever we need to fight for a society and an economy that works for all of us, not just those on top. Is it to radical to think that if someone works for a living, they should be able to afford to take care of their family and be able to see a doctor?
“Every business owner going on the news to say that paying workers at least $14/hr will dramatically affect their bottom line should be absolutely humiliated and ashamed to admit that all this time their profits came from paying people a poverty wage.” – @Cupcakes_n_Rap
The Living Wage Movement
The living wage movement is an important initiative that can bring improved conditions not only for working people, but for businesses, and our local economy.