Yesterday I came across a New Zealand “business owner” who tweeted support for the increase in the minimum wage and declared that they are already paying their employees a ” living wage.”
Frustrated yesterday by ACTs tweet today saying that the raising of the minimum wage is detrimental to businesses. I firmly believe that if you can’t afford to pay your staff enough to live then you shouldn’t be employing staff. I’ve paid a living wage since my business began.Twitter
Let’s look at her “business”:
- She teaches swimming using the local school’s pool.
- The pool and changing facilities received a massive upgrade with most building materials and labour was provided free by Bunnings and another company.
- The local council and Community Trust provided a “significant” amount of the funding.
- Members of a Waterpolo club volunteered time as well.
First: Great community spirit, and well done to all involved. Seems like a nice bunch of people
My point is that it is not a real stand-alone business, it is, in reality, an NGO run as a business.
Normal (and most by far) businesses:
- Do not have access to facilities provided at below actual real cost (long term) (no capital cost etc)
- Do not have access to free start-up funding
- Do not have access to free labour
- Have barriers to entry to industry: need a pool for starters
- Do not have nil international competition
- Do not have a lack of local neighbourhood competition…which relates to needing a pool
- Do not have competition that is reducing (ie the schools themselves are closing/not using pools)
I also suspect that there is no capital gain for the business, as facilities (ie the major assets) are owned by the school/community.
Compare this so-called business with a coffee shop, a restaurant a bar or a clothing shop.
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