Wage increase creates hardship on farms
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