One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wages which are below the level necessary for subsistence.
- ‘Retired doesn't mean dead, says a group that sticks up for former city employees, even if pensioners are getting starvation wages.’
- ‘Russia's February 1917 revolution started when women textile workers went on strike, sick to death of working long hours for starvation wages.’
- ‘Often, they work for starvation wages under conditions that make a mockery of all safety and protective regulations.’
- ‘This is a drastic improvement, considering that the initial struggle was to rescue workers from harsh and hazardous conditions with starvation wages.’
- ‘These businesses make money off of starvation wages.’
- ‘And while Spain is booming economically, there's a lot of anti-globalisation sentiment among young people because youth unemployment is so high and they're on starvation wages.’
- ‘Wretched housing, starvation wages and an indefatigable sense of community: a description of the existence of thousands of York citizens at the turn of the 20th century.’
- ‘In addition, many Mexicans would rather stay at home, but companies pay starvation wages in the maquiladoras, and wind up creating the very conditions forcing people to come here.’
- ‘As a result, all other sectors are suffering - hospitals are without drugs, schools are without books and civil servants are being forced to accept starvation wages.’
- ‘Not only are these workers being paid starvation wages, but they are in many instances, together with their families, daily subjected to all forms of abuse, including violence.’
- ‘A multinational behind glamorous fashion and perfume brands pays its factory workers starvation wages.’
- ‘Many flee wars, but many more flee ruinous prices and starvation wages.’
- ‘This is especially so if they knew the people driving them are paid starvation wages and go without sleep for days at a time.’
- ‘Nzimande said farm workers and their families were paid starvation wages and subjected to daily abuse.’
- ‘Bolivian teachers earn starvation wages that oscillate between US $100 and US $200, an amount that places them below the poverty line and makes it nearly impossible to raise a family.’
- ‘While companies like Starbucks reap massive profits, coffee farmers and plantation workers live on starvation wages.’
- ‘Working families, Mother Jones argued, possessed vast, untapped powers to fight the corporations that bound them to starvation wages and the corrupt politicians who did the businessmen's bidding.’
- ‘The brothers quickly became leaders among the farm workers, demanding an end to starvation wages and the debt-driven servitude they found in the fields.’
- ‘To a reporter's question, the president replied, ‘Something has to be done about the elimination of child labor and long hours and starvation wages.’’
- ‘The workers point out that the construction companies take advantage of the high unemployment in the region to pay starvation wages.’
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