Minimum Wage - Violation of human rights?
WORKERS, JUNE 2009 ISSUE
The misleadingly titled Tory- sponsored Employment Opportunities Bill clearly demonstrates that the perversion of the English language continues unchecked within the party and demonstrates a centuries-old unbroken despising of workers.
The Bill is proposing the abolition of the national minimum wage on the basis that it “violates” workers’ human rights by preventing them from voluntarily accepting lower wages.
It wants to “introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sectors”.
So the freedom to starve, the freedom to work unrestricted hours, the freedom to be exploited, to institutionalise pauperism, are the new human rights dear to parliament and to capitalists old and new.