Minimum wage should guarantee a decent quality of life

At a meeting of officials from AD with activists from the Kampanja Paga Minima Dicenti, AD Chairperson, Prof. Arnold Cassola said that AD believes that it is unacceptable that the minimum wage was calculated once in 1972, on assumptions that were valid 44 years ago and has never been revised since.

“Caritas’s work on the issue is commendable. Their study shows how it is impossible to make ends meet on the minimum wage. AD stresses that the minimum wage should be revised periodically. A strong economy at the expense of workers working for poverty wages is not acceptable for us.”

AD Secretary General Ralph Cassar added that it is not true that an increase in the minimum wage means that workers lose their jobs.

“First of all work that does not pay enough for a decent quality of life means dependence on charity or welfare and certainly and is certainly not beneficial for the economy. Even from a purely economic point of view, an increase in the minimum wage means more cash in hand for workers with lower wages, who will spend more on essential commodities and services. In a nutshell, an increase in the minimum wage will serve as an economic stimulus.”

Anna Azzopardi from ADZ – Green Youth said that Greens have consistently stressed that the minimum wage should be reviewed to make it really and truly a living wage which gives each and every person the necessary income for a dignified life.