The minimum wages in your country...

Latvia
July 29, 2010 10:55am CST
Looking to my and other people situation in my country, I started to think - are our living on the world so hard in all places in the world? The minimum wages in Latvia is 260$ per month, but rent for small flat is about 200$ per month, also if you want to get on the job you must to buy tickets in public transport - one ticket in one way costs 1$. For our living also important is food - as example I will mention only some necessary products - a bread - white: 0.60 cents and rye-bread - 1.20$, milk: 1$. If you will calculate, then you will realize that it is almost impossible for one person to survive with so small money amount. With economical crisis many people have lost their jobs and so in family stays only one earner and with this money must to manage about three and more people. Also the situation with country social services is very stupid, for example, my family got the low-income family status, but the government is paying to as only 8$ per month - isn't it laughing about humans? So I'm interested, is the situation similar in your country also? Or only my countries economic and political structure is so poor?
6 responses
@vhings_88 (294)
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
here in our country, the minimum wage is 265 pesos only per day or 7000 pesos a month. When you convert it to dollars its only $153.50. Its really not enough for a family person. That 265 pesos will be deducted with a kilo of rice - 33 pesos, viand - 100 pesos, fare - 30 pesos depends how far your house from your work. Worst thing, many are unemployed and does not own a house whom only live in squatters area. That's why most my people approximately 4M people is experiencing hunger. That's how poor our country is.
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• Latvia
29 Jul 10
Sounds terrible! And could we call living like this as living. Or maybe better to say - we try only survive in this world.
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
@vhings_88 are you sure with that or i can sue you for giving misconception about the salary here? you better update your information when it comes to minimum wage in the philippines as far as i know thats the minimum wage 5 years ago huh. unless you live in the province as thats provincial rate perhaps without the ecola nor other benefits, if thats your salary then better think to look for another job as your employer might not updated their employees mind about their salary. and dont give numbers here if you cant even show proof. maybe you live in squater thats why you said philippine is poor country as a matter of fact i never experience it
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@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
29 Jul 10
I can understand how people can not find homes, but to go hungry is just plain necessary. Don't people have any foraging skills anymore, where you can eat what you find from the land. Even things like the dandelion weed up here can be used as food. Fish are very easy to catch, and other edible plants are easy to find.
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• Philippines
29 Jul 10
i dont know here in my country though salary here will depends to the company and your position so the better company you have the better salary plus benefits you will get and the better position you have then of course the better salary you will get. i know salary in my country is not that big also but lifestyle and other things here is not that expensive, as a matter of fact you can rent an apartment here in as cheaper as 1500 pesos which is around 34 dollars and 4500 pesos here or 100 dollars you can already get a nice apartment. while food you can buy as cheaper as 35 pesos or less than 1 dollar per meal without drinks. unlike other country specially my cousin in canada, she told us that for just one room inside the house they rent it for 30,000 pesos which is already more than 500 dollars. so for me salary will also depends to the way of life in your country as compare to other country that offer big salary but way of living is very expensive. so dont feel bad about it.
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@Thumb86 (290)
29 Jul 10
I think the minimum hourly wage here in the UK is something like £5.50. The cost of living is pretty high here so to survive comfortably on the minimum wage is a struggle..My mother workd 12 hr shifts, 40 hours a week. We have to scrimp and scrape to make ends meet and i is pretty tough. We get by though. I imagine it must be tough in Latvia. Your government probably cant afford to pay any more than $8 a month. Not a good situation.
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@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
29 Jul 10
That is crazy, I half expected the food to at least cost less, due to how low minimum wage is there. The food over here in Canada costs just about the same, maybe 50% more, but our minimum wage is around 1500 dollars a month. But, rent here is unbelievable: you would be lucky to get a small bachelor suite here for 750 dollars a month.
• Latvia
29 Jul 10
The situation in your country seems similar as mine. And what about job opportunities? Does in Canada is so big unemployment, too? And how would you describe the help quality from social services which provide government?
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
29 Jul 10
Unemployment is pretty high here now, yes. But, in my area, there are plenty of jobs, but the majority of them are either minimum wage fast food/ grocery work, or higher end jobs that require a lot of education. There doesn't seem to be any of those middle paying jobs anymore. But yeah, it is pretty hard to get a job around here now.
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
actually salary as per country depends to the way of living, what if you earned 1,000 dollars a month but your rent is more than 500 dollars plus other expenses then what left for you, and how about if you only earn 200 to 30 a month but rent as per apartment in you country will only cost you less than 100 dollars and foods and other expenses that is also not that higher as in other country. of course every government also check the capacity their country can have, you think a country with an apartment rent of 500 dollars can afford if they only have 300 dollars salary per month? in canada and other country, apartment rent nor room took them more than 300 dollars a month thats why they need to have big salary too. but in any case like in my country that we can rent as cheaper as 1500 pesos per room nor 2500 to 4500 pesos per apartment which is $1=45 as compare to other country then even if we have lower salary then we already lucky coz of the way of living here. you didnt realize it as you didnt experience to live in those area yet but once your there then thats the only time you will think that even though you have higher salary, those salary will only go to the higher rent, and other bills and expenses while your working double time to get that big money.
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@apresto (127)
• Bulgaria
30 Jul 10
I'm from Bulgaria and the minimum wage here is also about 250$ per month, which is laughable. I couldn't agree more with you for the poor structure countries like this have. It's all because of the industry. Of course here we're famous for our good vegetables so the food may not be a problem for people who can grow their own vegetables where the salary is very low and the social life is under any criteria. Bubulizzz, do you consider moving out of Latvia?
• Latvia
30 Jul 10
It is very hard question. I have thought about moving to some other country, but as I have 4 year old child it is a little bit problematic. My ex husband don't want to give permission to move her to other place, but without his permission I could not to move. Also driving to a new place is like throwing in the dark. I have no contacts who has stable life and work in some other country and to ride on my own head doesn't seem very wise. And in true - I love my country! I mean the area and land. I love my language. But if I moved to other place I would loose all of that. I'm still hoping that this situation will change and we will be able to live here normally!
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
30 Jul 10
We are not too far off. I live in the Philippines, a third world country in Southeast Asia. The daily minimum wage is about US$9 or about US$200 a month. Fortunately the cost of living is low, but the minimum standards are really crap. You can eat a meal of vegetables and rice for less than US$1. 1/3 of our 93M population live below poverty level, and when I say below, I mean really sewer below. They sometimes go without food for several meals or eat food that is nutritionally deficient. Poverty is a worldwide problem.