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  • $7.25 per hour(US federal minimum wage)

    3 18.75%
  • $6.25 - $7.24 per hour

    1 6.25%
  • $5.25 - $6.24 per hour

    0 0%
  • $4.25 - $5.24 per hour

    1 6.25%
  • $3.25 - $4.24 per hour

    1 6.25%
  • $2.25 - $3.24 per hour

    1 6.25%
  • $1.00 - $2.24 per hour

    1 6.25%
  • $0.50 - $0.99 per hour

    0 0%
  • $0.00(forced/slave labor) - $0.49 per hour

    1 6.25%
  • I don't care how low of a wage they work or if they were forced to work.

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    I'm opposed to forced work camps and the like for humanitarian reasons. I have no comment on specific wages because local economies vary considerably. Any answer I pick would be essentially arbitrary.

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    I used to work for one of those check cashing stores that also offers MoneyGram/Western Union services back in the early 2000s...

    There was a man from Mexico who came in every week to cash his check. They usually ranged from $450-650 a week. He would pay the $20-30 fee to cash (not my choice to charge) pocket about $300, then wire the rest (less the fee) to his family in Mexico. As I got to know him I learned that he was sending $100-300 a week to Mexico to care for a total of 15 family members. That money paid their rent for a nice sized house, bought them clothes and food, and allowed them to save a good chunk of money each month so that they could work on getting Visas for the family. It also covered private schooling for 2 children and covered medical expenses for his elderly parents.

    So, in Mexico, if you can survive comfortably off $100-300 American a week, I'd say that before taxes you should make between 3.25 and 8.75 an hour for a 40 hour week (to cover tax deductions). Now, if you can survive on less than $100 a week then you could receive wages below 3.25 and still have shelter, food, and clothing.

    Here, making $8.75 an hour would only be tolerable for a single person living in a low-cost area like central Indiana or rural Oklahoma (amongst others, I'm sure) and $3.75 an hour wouldn't even be worth the transportation to and from the job.

    So, again, it really depends on cost of living.
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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If you truly could care less how low their wages are is there really a difference between 5-10 cents an hour and slavery?
    Yes. If people are not enslaved, they WON'T work for 5-10 cents an hour unless they consider it a decent wage. That's basic economics.
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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Yes. If people are not enslaved, they WON'T work for 5-10 cents an hour unless they consider it a decent wage. That's basic economics.
    Kandahar you are neglecting a lack of worker protections (OP aside) in many countries that are essentially tossed among the sharks of the international market. They often work for the wages they get because they have no alternative.

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Kandahar you are neglecting a lack of worker protections (OP aside) in many countries that are essentially tossed among the sharks of the international market.
    Let me ask you this: Do Americans earn more than Indonesians simply because the government passed a law saying employers have to pay us more? If so, why not just mandate a minimum wage of a million dollars an hour, so we can all be rich?

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    It absolutely must be tied to cost of living in the country, otherwise it is an airball.

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    It is impossible to answer a question like this without knowing the cost of living. If you can get everything you need plus a little left over for 10 bucks a week, then 25 cents and hour is a decent wage.
    Rent for a 2 br flat in NYC was once 20 bucks a month too....and you could bring a date to the movies and go for hamburgers and ice cream after for a dime
    Anyone that works should be able to survive on the wage

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Let me ask you this: Do Americans earn more than Indonesians simply because the government passed a law saying employers have to pay us more? If so, why not just mandate a minimum wage of a million dollars an hour, so we can all be rich?
    I used to know all these things and reasons for things from international political economy class. Can't remember the term now. Basically countries are desperate for any foreign investment and the governments have to scrapfight over being the lowest cost labor market to outside sources of capital. As for raising the min wage bar to a million bucks... you might as well be communist by that point.

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Yes. If people are not enslaved, they WON'T work for 5-10 cents an hour unless they consider it a decent wage. That's basic economics.
    No, that's extreme ignorance on your part. Ignorance of basic economics, psychology, business, finance, and politics.

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    Re: What is too low of a wage for a worker in another country working for a outsource

    Anyway, this poll is terribly oversimplified. If talking base survival as the minimum standard for a decent wage, then slavery would be acceptable if the slave master is legally obligated to keep his slaves from dying of starvation or exposure, or denied the legal right to kill them himself. But I think we should have much higher standards of human rights than that.

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