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John Bird: Let's bake the right ingredients for social justice

Posted On: 21 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Low-paid workers get paid less. Getting paid less leads to more vulnerability to health issues. Low-paid work is often not good for your health. It is not good for your wellbeing. It is often monotonous and soul-destroying. You live in poorer housing. You eat poorer food. You tend to be exhausted due to the hours that you have to put in to make up for the shortfall found in an ‘unsparkling' wage packet.
Hence it should come as no surprise that if you are low paid you have more chance of dying from coronavirus than if you are well paid and comfortably provided for through your labours.
You are also likely to be drawn to find what they call ‘coping mechanisms' to survive the onslaught of the regime; cigarettes and drink top that list.
Is there anything we can do with this revelation, published on the front page of The Guardian one day last week? Would it not mean that we should immediately furlough, or throw protective bubble wrap around this large group of people?
The only problem then is that the hospitals...

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