The sheriff arrived at the factory here to shut it down, part of a national enforcement drive against clothing manufacturers who violate the minimum wage. But women working on the factory floor — the supposed beneficiaries of the crackdown — clambered atop cutting tables and ironing boards to raise anguished cries against it …
[ ]made just $36 a week, $21 less than the minimum wage, but needed the meager pay to help support a large extended family that includes her five unemployed siblings and their children.
The women’s spontaneous protest is just one sign of how acute South Africa’s long-running unemployment crisis has become. With their own industry in ruinous decline, the victim of low-wage competition from China, and too few unskilled jobs being created in South Africa, the women feared being out of work more than getting stuck in poorly paid jobs.
It’s not the economic and fairness “no-brainer” that Tan Kin Lian, the SDP, and assorted go-gooders make it out to be.
To me the case for minimum wage is about fairness but then life is unfair as the father of UK’ s prime minister said. He was the senior partner in a leading stockbroker (where his grandfather was a senior partners), his grandfather was also CEO of HSBC’s London office; and he married the daughter of a director of Chartered Bank (now StanChart) and another partner in the broker. But he did not have the use of his legs.