Wage in­crease cre­ates hard­ship on farms

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

I HAVE no prob­lem with sea­sonal work­ers get­ting a hefty in­crease in wages be­cause they work only for a few months each year. Or­di­nary farm work­ers were about due for an in­crease any­way.

But the over-large in­crease (62%) ap­plied to ev­ery­one has re­sulted in hard­ship to em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees.

Nearly all farms are now com­pelled to lay off work­ers or re­duce the hours they work.

I have al­ready heard of one sugar com­pany that has or­dered ma­chin­ery to re­place no fewer than 500 em­ploy­ees.

From the work­ers’ point of view, is it not bet­ter to be able to feed one’s fam­ily on a low bud­get than to be one of a few earn­ing a high wage while the ma­jor­ity go with­out food? M. CLARK Himeville

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