If they are being paid above the economic value of the work they are doing and the gap between the economic value of their labour and the wage they receive is funded by a tax reduction for the employer then it is a handout. I've no problem with handouts persay (the non contributory pension and the majority of the pensions that public servants receive are handouts in that the people who receive them don't pay for them) but call it what it is.Firstly, it is not a handout, it a wage paid for labour served. By using reductions in employer prsi to offset against increases, it merely facilitates a transfer of income from state coffers to the person who actually earns the income - all at no additional cost to the employer.
I agree. Is this the best way of doing it?People with serious intellectual or psychological issues are worthy of some protection and reward. Particularly if they are prepared to do the low-paid work that others aspire too, and do, leave behind.
What I like about your proposal is that the employer has to apply for it so it is less open to abuse than other forms of welfare... but it is still welfare.My local supermarket employs two disabled people. One with Downs Syndrome. He has been working there for four years. I dont know what rate of pay he is on, but as a shelf-stacker I would imagine it is, or close to minimum wage.
Its possible he may be on a wage considerably higher, perhaps €11 or €12 an hour. Which after four years service is reasonable in my opinion and, if he has only ever worked four years, is already earning outside a banded minimum wage.
But if he is not, then the point of a banded minimum wage is to afford rights to such employees that would otherwise not be in a position to effectively extract a reasonable reward for service, loyalty, attitude, to their work.
I pitched a band of €7.84ph - €15.68ph. It should be noted that the €15.68ph will only ever be reached after 40yrs in employment. So all things remaining equal, an 18yr old who starts work today stacking shelves all their life (due to intellectual issues) can look forward to an income of €15.68ph in the year 2059.
That I have a problem with. If someone can't earn more than the minimum wage then by all means help them. If you won't earn more than the minimum wage because you are lazy or whatever then you should get nothing. The same applies to welfare in general though; help those who can't help themselves but if someone just chooses not to work and uses our social safety net as a hammock then give them nothing. I would have no problem with them literally starving to death.It really is about reducing inequality for those who remain in low paid income (for whatever reason).