Jun 6, 2008, 6:44 AM
Water, electricity, travel payments among others threaten to tip the balance in household budgets into the red.
A family’s average spending monthly for essentials is roughly D2000.
Recent findings have revealed that there are people receiving a minimum monthly salary of D1000.
This can hardly earn a bag of rice nowadays, not to talk of the income of the pensioner population, which is quite modest. Indeed, they are much more affected by the rising cost of living.
That being the case, many would expect employers to give a lot of thought to the matter of a salary increase.
Though we cannot say by what percent salaries should be increased, we urge the employers to give serious consideration to the matter. Workers pay packages no longer match the rising prices of basic commodities in the country.
Workers, who live on a fixed income, are usually worst off when prices go up, especially so when they have no other source of income. As their income falls far short of their expenditure, they tend to live by their wits, or lose interest in their work. As a result, efficiency suffers.
What most workers take home nowadays is not just enough to make ends meet.
Just imagine a family man that earns two thousand dalasis a month. If he has to spend, say, seven hundred on rent, three hundred on utilities, then he is left with just about one thousand.
Out of this, he has to take care of feeding and other miscellaneous expenses. At the end of the day, the monthly salary does not last even eight days. What happens next is for him to depend on the goodwill of the grocer to tide over the rest of the month.
This is no doubt a miserable way to live.
Interestingly, when things continue like this way, ordinary people who are known for honesty are tempted to do unimaginable things just to get by, thus engaging in corruption.
Workers should be made to be able to pay their rents, feed their families, take care of, if not all, but half of the needs of the family so as to maintain effective and efficient performance in their various offices, as better services will yield better results.
“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”