职场英语口语：Minimum Wage 最低工资
Todd: So Greg, we’re talking about controversialissues and one of the issues in your book is incomedisparity. So, what do you think about minimumwage?
Greg: Minimum wage. Minimum wage I think is veryimportant to have otherwise employers are going to take advantage of people; pay them toolittle. The society, society itself must decide what is the proper minimum wage and that in itselfis an issue. What should it be?
Todd: You know, actually I disagree. I am actually against a minimum wage. I think that youknow, basically all markets find equilibrium and that the wage goes too low people just won’tdo the job, and so basically, if you don’t have a minimum wage eventually the society will cometo a wage where people fell comfortable doing that work. That basically things will work out.
Greg: In theory maybe you’re right, but in reality you’re really wrong. I mean take a look atsome of these countries around the world where there are sweat shops, where you havechildren, cause there are no rules regulating labor, and you have children who have never beeneducated, spend their entire lives working almost like slaves in unhealthy conditions. That’swhat happens when there are no rules to protect workers.
Todd: But I think that’s somewhat true but you said the key word that they’re not educated. Ithink the problem there is that people aren’t educated and that’s what leads the abjectpoverty that they might do a job like that. So don’t you think that if people were educatedmore, they would not be willing to work such meaningless jobs, such jobs that pay so little.
Greg: Many of those people, those children, who are working like slaves, don’t have a chancefor an education and often maybe they’re being exploited, not always but sometimes, by peoplewho’ve had good education.
Greg: Take a child in some very poor country has to work just to find food.
Todd: So basically, you’re saying they should have a living wage. That they should makeenough money that they can have a decent standard of living.
Greg: Everybody should have a decent standard of living I believe.
Todd: I just think that it’s really hard to arbitrarily set a price. I mean that number is alwaysgoing to go up and down. That even a minimum wage is somewhat skews the reality that ifyou just let markets take their natural course eventually people won’t be willing to work.
Greg: It doesn’t work that way because when you just have a complete free market, you havecorrupt people who take advantage of other people.
Todd: Well, you know, that actually I do agree with but I think … I do believe in a free marketsbut one thing that is true is that free markets cannot work where’s there’s corruption. I doagree with that. So we agree about something.
Greg: Yes. Good thing.