Affrayer – a person who engages in an affray; a brawler, disturber of the peace.
It’s International Mother Languages Day.
Language is my identity.
LIving Wage advocates want employers to pay a minimum of $20.20 an hour from July.
The rate, more than $4 above the adult minimum wage, is at the level needed to provide families with the necessities, they say.
How many jobs will that cost?
The current Living Wage, of $19.80 has already cost 17 jobs at Wellington City Council according to a report by Jim Rose for the Taxpayers’ Union.
The report’s key findings were:
- Seventeen Wellington City Council employees lost their jobs after being under the skill level required for the living wage.
- Councils hire on merit, so candidates under the skill level commensurate with the living wage will be crowded out by higher-skilled candidates.
- There is no consensus or scientific basis for the calculation of a living wage. Any calculations are politically subjective.
- Any living wage in New Zealand will be abated by up to 40% by decreases in government transfers and increased income tax obligations.
- Living wages shift the burden from means-tested taxpayers to ratepayers and business owners.
- Below-living-wage employment allows for in-work training, where employees trade off lower wages for the opportunity to learn skills that increase their future earning potential.
Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand nobly want to alleviate poverty and reduce unemployment with their activism for a living wage, but the evidence to date shows they are achieving the exact opposite. This report shows that a living wage will only make it harder for low wage earners to find work.
Contrary to intentions, living wage policies actually hurt the very people they seek to help. For the first time, we reveal that seventeen parking wardens lost their jobs at the Wellington City Council as a result of its living wage policy.
Living wage policies mean higher-skilled candidates apply for jobs previously occupied by lower-skilled candidates. Of course councils will hire on merit and shortlist the candidates who previously would never have applied for the lower, pre-living wage role. That’s exactly what happened when Wellington City Council brought its parking services in-house.
Minimum wage applicants do not get a shot against better-qualified candidates attracted by the higher wages. So much for the poverty alleviation and reduced unemployment.
The economic theory is clear that living wages do more harm than good, but the job losses in Wellington is the proof in the pudding. Councils should stop implementing these living wage policies which achieve so little but cost ratepayers who can ill afford it.
Living wage policies mean ratepayers pay more for less and achieve none of the intended poverty relief.
Those are very damning conclusions, but not surprising.
The Living Wage is based on what someone thinks a family of four needs to have a reasonable life.
It bears no relation to individual employee’s needs, ability or performance.
I have several reservations about Working For Families but it is a better way to help low income workers with dependent children than the living wage which takes no account of the value of their work.
The full report is here.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. – Erma Bombeck who was born on this day in 1927.
She also said:
Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.
No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick.
1245 Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, resigned after confessing to torture and forgery.
1440 The Prussian Confederation was formed.
1543 Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
1613 Mikhail I was elected unanimously as Tsar, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
1842 John Greenough was granted the first U.S.A. patent for the sewing machine.
1875 Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and longest-lived human on record, was born (d. 1997).
1879 An explosion in a Kaitangata coal mine killed 34 men.
1885 The newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated.
1903 Anaïs Nin, French writer, was born (d. 1977).
1907 W. H. Auden, English poet, was born (d. 1973).
1910 Douglas Bader, British pilot, was born (d. 1982).
1916 Battle of Verdun started.
1918 The last Carolina parakeet died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
1919 Kurt Eisner, German socialist, was assassinated.
1924 Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbambwe, was born.
1925 The New Yorker published its first issue.
1927 Erma Bombeck, American humourist, was born (d. 1996).
1927 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer, was born.
1933 – Nina Simone, American singer, was born (d. 2003).
1935 Mark McManus, Scottish actor, was born (d. 1994).
1937 – The League of Nations banned foreign national “volunteers” in theSpanish Civil War.
1952 The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolished identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”.
1952 In Dhaka, East Pakistan (present Bangladesh) police opened fire on a procession of students that was demanding the establishment of Bengali as the official language, killing four people and starting a country-wide protestwhich led to the recognition of Bengali as one of the national languages of Pakistan. The day was later declared as “International Mother Language Day” by UNESCO.
1960 Cuban leader Fidel Castro nationalised all businesses in Cuba.
1965 Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1970 A mid-air bomb explosion in Swissair Flight 330 and subsequent crash killed 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich.
1971 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances was signed at Vienna.
1972 The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 landed on the Moon.
1986 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer, was born.
1995 Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
2013 – Two bomb blasts in Hyderabad, India, killed at least 17 people and injured more than 100 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.