“A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him. They must even upon most occasions be somewhat more; otherwise it would be impossible for him to bring up a family, and the race of such workmen could not last beyond the first generation.”
I hope that you will sign and share the following petition and as many of the petitions that you will find further down.
Urge Congress to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage
According to the Center for American Progress, raising the federal minimum wage to just $10.90 would lift 4.5 million Americans out of poverty, benefitting as many as one in five children in the country.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/476/725/240/?z00m=22875964 – it may be a long standing feature however wages have stagnated in the last ten years
As you will see if you scroll down this is certainly not the only petition concerning low pay.
Low wages it seems are an endemic facet of our society and one that needs to end now! Whether it is the UK, the USA, or indeed the world over millions are being exploited by low wages. In particular there are many similarities between the USA and the UK concerning low pay. People are having their lives stolen from them as they slave away their precious existence on low wages to make another person rich while they themselves sink further into poverty. Here in the UK workers have just been through the longest period of falling real wages since Queen Victoria.
In the UK
According to the Roundtree Foundation
Low pay is endemic in the UK labour market. While the issue has recently moved to the forefront of the public debate on employment and job quality, it is a longstanding feature of the UK economy. More than one in five workers in the UK experience low pay, a proportion that has changed little in more than 25 years.
In the USA
Fight for $15 swells into largest protest by low-wage workers in US history
“Workers in more than 200 cities walked out on jobs or joined protests bankrolled by organized labor on Wednesday in latest bid to raise minimum wage
Workers in Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and more than 200 cities across the US walked out on their jobs or joined marches and protests on Wednesday during what organisers claimed was the largest protest by low-wage workers in US history.”
For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades
“… after adjusting for inflation, today’s average hourly wage has just about the same purchasing power as it did in 1979, following a long slide in the 1980s and early 1990s and bumpy, inconsistent growth since then. In fact, in real terms the average wage peaked more than 40 years ago: The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.
What gains have been made, have gone to the upper income brackets. Since 2000, usual weekly wages have fallen 3.7% (in real terms) among workers in the lowest tenth of the earnings distribution, and 3% among the lowest quarter. But among people near the top of the distribution, real wages have risen 9.7%.”
Where most of our clothing is made by exploitative western companies who pay low wages for long hours working in poor conditions
Dignity not Poverty.
“Garment workers should earn a living wage which can sustain a decent life.
In most garment producing countries a living wage is a far cry. The garment industry is the key source of foreign income for many countries across Asia , employing millions, yet the low wages earned are trapping workers across the region into a cycle of poverty with severe consequences for workers and their families.”
Low wages destroy lives keeping people in poverty worldwide. Though long overdue finally people are standing up for their rights at least in the USA. Unfortunately here in the UK people seem to offer little resistance to low pay and the misery it entails. Even the unions seem ineffectual. Sometimes we can seem so powerless against the onslaught of greed and exploitation where the rich and powerful can never seem sate their appetite for more and more profit at our expense.
Please sign as many of the petitions below as you can. We need to demand a better life for us all, for our children and succeeding generations and demand an end to exploitative low wages for increasingly longer and longer hours. Don’t get confused between a minimum wage and a living wage. They should of course mean the same thing, the basic minimum wage should be the living wage than some, as the introductory quote suggests. More often than not the basic minimum wage is not a living wage.
Petitions relating to low pay, minimum wage and living wage.
Please sign the petition to The Mayor, Boris Johnson
“London hotels are among the most expensive in the world yet not one of them pays the living wage of £8.80 per hour, the price of a couple of coffees in the capital city.”
Petition: Do you work in fast food or retail? Do you think you deserve better?http://action.sumofus.org/a/petition-for-workers/2/2/ – includes a link to a seperate petition for supporters who are not low paid to sign
Petition to CEOs of Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys,
Please pay all your staff at least the living wage. This is £7.45 an hour rather than £6.19 which is the legally enforced minimum wage:
A Petition to Picturehouse Cinemas, backed by the TUC, BECTU this is a petition appealing to all of the group’s customers to support payment of the Living Wage to the majority of the company’s staff who are paid much less than the Living Wage. You don’t of course need to be a customer of Picturehouse to sign
Please sign the petition: Support Airport Workers Demanding $15/hour
Raise the Minimum Wage Petition
Petition Make Chocolate Fair
Help to make chocolate fair and get a fair deal for farmers. While not a wages issue in the strictest sense it is a similar type of exploitation.
http://makechocolatefair.org/issues/cocoa-prices-and-income-farmers-0 – the petition is right at the top corner of the right side of the webpage.
Petition: pay US$177 as a minimum wage to Cambodian workers
“For Cambodian garment workers the current minimum wage of US$100 a month is not enough to provide for even their most basic needs. Garment workers across the country are calling for an immediate increase to US$177 as a crucial step in the fight for a living wage.”
Other action to help garment workers around the world
“The CCC is a coalition of organisations, student groups and individuals all with the same goal – to demand a change in the industry and the recognition and respect for the Human Rights of garment workers around the world. If you want to be a part of this work and get active, just pop your email in below and you’ll be added to our list of activists that take part in some very simple actions that we send out as the need arises (we promise not to inundate you!)”
The above is just a drop in the ocean of petitions and campaigns to end low pay to add them all would be overwhelming. It is time for things to change globally and legislation has to bring about such change.
“We stand for a living wage. Wages are subnormal if they fail to provide a living for those who devote their time and energy to industrial occupations. The monetary equivalent of a living wage varies according to local conditions, but must include enough to secure the elements of a normal standard of living–a standard high enough to make morality possible, to provide for education and recreation, to care for immature members of the family, to maintain the family during periods of sickness, and to permit of reasonable saving for old age.”
President Theodore Roosevelt