I was surprised frankly, that I received some negative feedback about our segment yesterday about the living wage that should be paid to workers in Hamilton.
Clearly, some people just don’t get it.
The living wage is a calculation of what workers should be paid to enable them to pay their rent and put food on the table for their family.
In fact, the discussion about a living wage is very timely.
A report yesterday indicated that more Canadians than ever before are using food banks.
Economic circumstances and tenuous job prospects are causing more and more families, who never thought they’d need to use a food bank, to seek help.
You may be surprised to know that many of the people who access food banks are employed, sometimes with more than one job , but because wages are so low, they can’t afford to pay rent and utility bills and put food on the table.
Businesses who pay a living wage report less staff turnover and fewer sick days taken, which increases productivity, and that sounds like a win-win scenario.
A living wage, which is based on the cost of living in each community, isn’t a cure-all that will eradicate poverty.
But it is a step in the right direction.