- May 20, 2007
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And those jobs are needed all the same in this city?
I have many friends who paid their way through school due to temporary summer employment at the CNE, and neighbours who are gainfully employed and can pay their rents due to those full-time cleaning roles.
Jobs in general are needed; however low-wage jobs are low-value. To be clear, I'm neither denigrating the professions, nor the people in those jobs.
What I'm suggesting is that in my experience those people who are paid subsistence wages (or even less, really) are often in poverty. If we had a reasonable minimum wage, and comprehensive healthcare and affordable tuition then that would be different situation, but we have none of those.
I'd add low-wage employment also tends to impede investment in productivity. One of the reasons that productivity per hour of work is higher in Northern Europe relative to Canada is that if you have to pay someone $22 per hour plus benefits you're more likely to invest in labour-saving technology.
Canada relies too much on cheap labour.
Another key to that productivity gap is better rested employees; which is not only a function of more generous paid vacation, but also higher wages that allow people to work only one full-time job and decline overtime.
I can't really place a value on a job where someone requires public subsidy and/or private charity to survive while working it.
Of course we don't know that that will be the case here, but my concern stands.
Creating low-wage employment is not the same as creating jobs in scientific research, advanced trades, medicine etc etc.