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LOW-WAGE EARNER [1 record]

Record 1 2017-07-24


Subject field(s)
  • Sociology of Work

There is a great deal of confusion about low-paid workers and low-income workers. Low-paid workers are individuals whose work effort is high, but whose earnings are low. However, they are not necessarily low-income workers if their needs are met only through their own earnings as well as those of other family members. In Canada, a person who works full time throughout the year for minimum wage is considered a low-paid worker. However, if this person lives with a spouse who earns $100,000 a year, for example, he or she is obviously not in a low-income situation and could not be considered a low-income worker.


  • Sociologie du travail

Personne qui a un métier peu rémunérateur.


Parmi les travailleurs dont le revenu familial est inférieur au seuil de la MPC [mesure du panier de consommation], on trouve une minorité de travailleurs au salaire minimum, mais une majorité de travailleurs faiblement rémunérés [...]


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