I wonder sometimes how people can justify their generalization. For example, all union
workers are somehow lazy and uncaring. I don't think this is true at all, and hell I have
been both a general manager and a union leader at one time or another.
The fact is today companies are making enough to support increased wages and that
goes for small business too.
In the last ten years these companies received the benefit of lower wages in BC for example.
They didn't plan for a future where labour costs would rise. They received 2 billion in the
corporate tax reduction handed out when Campbell came to power. The HST is a huge and
I mean huge transfer of taxation from business to ordinary citizens. There are often municipal
and Federal tax breaks too, for business and still they cry hard times. If they are having a hard
time what about their employees who have not had raises in some sectors for almost a decade?
There is no such thing as a free market concept and almost everyone knows it.
Take a look around, there are social programs for all including business people, there are huge
tax breaks to stimulate and encourage businesses and they are ongoing and have been for over
half a century. These things balance out over time and this is a good thing. I for one do not want
to see pure free enterprise dictated solely by the market place, we had that up until 2008 and
the greedy corporate bast****s misused their advantage and we are paying for that to this day.
In contrast we have seen other countries go to a pure socialist model and over power the
spirit of the individual, they set the advancement of their society back nearly a century so we
know that pure capitalism and or pure socialism does not work. Therefore the marketplace,
government and consumer groups are part of the legal avenues and conscience of ethical
business practices and that is fine with me. All this does seem to mentioned when discussing
the value of a Big Mac because people don't get it, well paid jobs are the backbone of a society
that can afford to participate and grow within the community. This means people can afford to
pay more for services, and get the education required to come forward with the new ideas that
will benefit us all in the future. Paying $15.00 for a meal is no big deal, and never has been.
People should get real wages and be valued for the work they do. In addition people in full service
eateries should be paid real wages where tips are not required.