Minimum wage increase an insult

Published: Monday | December 23, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Please excuse my use of dialect corporate Jamaica but I am not writing for you. I am not writing to you. I am speaking for the voiceless and to our Government.

When I first saw the headline that there was going to be an increase in the minimum wage I was honestly happy. I was like, 'Yes, something more fi poor people'. But I was in for a rude surprise when I saw that it was going to be increased by only $600 on an already meagre $5,000. That's lunch money for me per day!

My God, our Government is wicked, cruel and heartless and they are hell-bent on keeping the masses poor. When will my people rise up and demand what they truly deserve?

I have to wonder if one person that makes up the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission ever turns to the others in one of their meetings and say, "My God, the amount we are recommending is not enough. This is cruel because I can never survive on that."

Government, past and present, and the Opposition should be ashamed of themselves driving around in their expensive vehicles, having three hearty meals per day while everyday they pass our poor wallowing in this muck of an economic crisis affecting our country.

Cut politicians' salaries

The Government should drastically reduce the salaries and benefits for politicians so that anybody interested in the jobs are going into it not because of the benefits and high-end vehicles they will have at their disposal but because they want to uplift our country, change the lives of others and make Jamaica a better place for its citizens.

I was so annoyed and saddened I even started to calculate. What if I was making minimum wage? What if I have a family to feed as well? How would I pay my rent that is $22,000 per month if I am only carrying home $5,600 per week? Portia, yuh wicked! Derrick, yuh wicked! Bruce, you step out but yuh wicked too! The whola unuh wicked! What would you do with that? Eh?! Tell me!

Have you guys ever tried to put yourselves in the shoes of the persons who go home with only $5,000 in their hand? I know it helps when you have nothing, but when you have mouths to feed, bills to pay, it nuh pretty! I think it is safe to say that the politicians are deliberately keeping our people poor.

Right now, I don't care about politics, I have no political affiliation. And I believe if you are under 35 years old and follow up politics you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Right now, I don't care about economics and IMF (International Monetary Fund) and employers who are sucking their overworked workers dry, only to put five grand in their hands at the end of the week. Increase the minimum wage. I don't care if it's going to cost the employers more. Cut staff and ensure that those you keep are well paid for their services.

To the people of this lovely country, it's time to get up off your backsides and emancipate yourselves. The Government work for you, not the other way around. Demand what you want.

Nuff want to talk out but they can't, so I will be the voice for the voiceless of this my lovely country.

SHANICA BLAIR

neka_blaire@hotmail.com

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