Interesting

Ana Joaquim, from Wood Green, who is originally from Portugal, earns £8.50 an hour as a barista at BEIS, which outsources its catering to a company called Aramark.

Looking out my window into Portugal where the minimum wage is €600 a month or so.

So, Ana, you should be paid more why?

12 comments on “Interesting

  1. “Her colleague Novlette Hurd, from Wandsworth, who is originally from Jamaica, earns even less – £8.19 per hour – despite 21 years’ service at the department. “We can’t live because, for starters, I’ve got dependent children and it’s just not going anywhere,” Hurd said.

    “The £8.19 I’m getting, I’m only getting it because before they asked me to supervise, so there’s 50p extra – it was £7.79. Like, you think, why do I bother to work? It just makes you desperate some days. You just get up and you think: does it make sense to go to work?””

    Perhaps you should have asked yourself if it made sense to have children you couldn’t afford?

  2. “Her colleague Novlette Hurd, from Wandsworth, who is originally from Jamaica, earns even less – £8.19 per hour – despite 21 years’ service at the department. “We can’t live because, for starters, I’ve got dependent children and it’s just not going anywhere,” Hurd said. “I’ve been meaning to shop for my son since Christmas and I have to save for months just to take him shopping.”

    People ask me why I’m against mass immigration and it’s cases like this. I’m all for foreign doctors and programmers coming here, but why the fuck do we need to subsidise foreign baristas? She’s going to earn what? £1100/month gross? What’s the rent for a 2 bed flat in London? It’s going to be similar, isn’t it? Even if she lives somewhere in a reasonably prosperous area, most of the money is going to go on rent.

    I mean, we’ve got enough honky scouser, Manc and Brummie benefit queens in this country. Do we really need more?

  3. Intersting is it not that in the elyssian fields of London minimum wage seems to be pretty much as low as the rest of the country, yet living costs are perhaps 30% higher?

    How do these companies get staff?

    Or is it the taxpayer subsidy of working tax/child tax credits, housing benefits etc that are making up the difference?

    Maybe the Islingtonites should face the full costs of emplyiong staff in London?

    Say, £15 an hour, that will make them spill their all soy carmel machiato latte with no foam and sprinkles

  4. If she earns £8.50 an hour she should be rightously paid £8.50 an hour. As SJWs will scream and shout, it is inequitable to be paid more than you earn.

  5. “Or is it the taxpayer subsidy of working tax/child tax credits, housing benefits etc that are making up the difference?”

    It’s HB. More money is spent on housing benefit for London than JSA or Income Support for the whole of the UK. Half of the total £17bn spent on HB is spent in London.

    If you capped HB at the rents in Wolverhampton, you’d crash the London and South East housing market and remove the distortions that allow business to operate there.

  6. “The £8.19 I’m getting, I’m only getting it because before they asked me to supervise, so there’s 50p extra – it was £7.79. Like, you think, why do I bother to work? It just makes you desperate some days. You just get up and you think: does it make sense to go to work?””

    With maths like that she’s likely to remain a low wage earner. I hope she’s never totting up my bill.

    I’ll tell you why you bother love, because you made choices and I’m fucked if I should be responsible if they didn’t turn out well.

  7. The Guardian demands mass immigration, and the Guardian decries low wages for low skilled labour. They should be prosecuted as accessories.

  8. People ask me why I’m against mass immigration and it’s cases like this. I’m all for foreign doctors and programmers coming here

    I’m all for working out what the top professions of Guardian readers are and pressing for unlimited migration for those. You’ll have the borders manned inside six months.

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