Minimum wage and labor aristocracy – blog pr news
The next increase in the inter-professional minimum wage will generate exclusion and unemployment. And even more when it increases again in 2022. Because this political decision, contrary to what the situation suggests, only favors the working aristocracy, that is to say the workers with stable employment. And not the unemployed or precarious workers who, precisely, this harms.
One of the current problems is that high real unemployment is accompanied by a high incidence of unconventional wage employment. There are reasons to believe that the level of unemployment and the incidence of non-standard employment are in fact linked. A substantial part of the workforce has jobs with different forms of pay than the established idea of a salaried person.
However, there are not only workers, in substance, but always adjective workers. There are workers looking for a first job, with their own problems, who will be excluded from the labor market by the increase in the SMI; there are sex-conditioned workers, that is, workers as a specific type with specific problems of their own; the unemployed receiving unemployment benefit and the unemployed without subsidy, part-time workers, workers whose hiring provides public subsidies to the company and temporary workers.
There are workers with precarious contracts, workers who are self-employed and legally appear as contractors or workers with commercial service contracts that mask real working relationships, riders, temporary workers, workers for virtual platforms, marginalized workers, young workers, foreign workers, in legal, illegal, clandestine?
In other words: precarious workers with their own situation are more and more divided into groups which are also more and more different from each other and at the same time more numerous. Many of them are employed and yet they inflate the pockets of poverty and thus emerges a new subclass, a new poverty constituted not by the unemployed but by the employees whose regulations (thought for the “normalized” group) give. legal coverage for situations. of marginalization.
Everything happens as if the legal labor standards came to sanction their lack of protection. Raising the minimum wage is one of those standards that does not protect the weakest, on the contrary, it makes many of them unable to improve their lot precisely because of legal regulations.
On the other hand, what was once effective trade unionism has now lost its presence, interest, strength and negotiating capacity. The unions have become management agencies run by a professionalized bureaucracy, without knowledge of social reality, without a spirit of solidarity, dependent on government subsidies.
They are, for the most part, the representatives of a new labor aristocracy, who are workers with stable employment. Only these seem to be represented by the union theses and the government which demand artificial salary increases, fixed at a ministerial table disconnected from reality. With this, protection is only given to that fraction of workers who retain stable employment and all those who do not belong to this working class aristocracy are covered.