Should there be a minimum wage?


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Conversation Summary

Most people will think of the minimum wage as a good way to ensure people are paid a salary that will at the very least allow them to live with basics means.

The question of whether a minimum wage can have any negative effects is rarely asked as most people only think about it from the workers personal point of view. However, when you start looking at the bigger picture it can allow you answer the question of should there be a minimum wage of not.


  • What is the minimum wage in your country?
    • Do you think it should be higher or lower?
      • Why?
  • Who benefits from a minimum wage?
  • Who doesn’t benefit from a minimum wage?
  • Who should decide the minimum wage?
  • What effect does a minimum wage have on:
    • Small businesses?
    • Large Corporations?

Key Vocabulary

  • Wage noun
  • Salary noun
  • Earn verb
  • Sufficient adjective
  • Consequence noun
  • Unfair adjective
  • Fair adjective

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