linguoboy wrote:Levo wrote:linguoboy wrote:Levo wrote:As far as i'm concerned in the USA such things exist as nationwide minimum salary?
There is a minimum hourly wage (currently $7.25).
So it actually does exist
Um, no. A wage is not a salary. If you're an hourly employee working twenty hours one week and five ours the next, you get paid for twenty-five hours. If you're salaried, you get paid the same semimonthly stipend no matter how many hours you worked. There's no minimum number of hours an employee needs to be given and, therefore, no minimum monthly or yearly earnings.Levo wrote:linguoboy wrote:[The median household income of Maryland is over $67,000. In Mississippi, it barely tops $39,000.
I understand what you would like to point at, comparing it to our situation. But here the difference is around X4 between EU-15 and EU-newer Central-European states.
Here's the difference: Maryland and Mississippi have been part of the same federal union for just shy of 200 years; the gap has shrunk enormously, but it still persists. Hungary hasn't even been part of the EU for ten. I suspect people's expectations of the benefits of accession (and the speed with which they would be delivered) were less than realistic.
Who told you we had expectations like that?
I mentioned already in this topic that I'm bringing it up here only, because Turkey would face similar problems (just with even worse standards than in my example) and we still have so big differences within EU already. And being called an "equal citizen" in EU, then, no matter how embarrasing it is for more developed states, I have the right to stand for these rights Not if I wasn't happy the way I am already. But in theory, I could vie for the implementation of these rights, don't I? Like minorities for minority rights or women for equal pay. (And I don't even want an equal pay, just an equal purchase power locally for the same job).
If someone wants another 80 million people like that, then face this factor.