Cleaners and guards eating less as prices rise
Sep 12, 2011
One in two cleaners and security guards – the first low-paid sectors to receive a legal wage floor – say they are eating less because of rising food prices, a survey has found.
One in five said they bought food products about to expire – which usually carry a discount – to save money, the Friends of the Earth study found.
“Food expense has weighed heavily on workers. Even with extra frugality, we may lose out to inflation,” said Law Chi-wai, head of the Cleaning Service Industry Workers Union. “The grass roots are usually manual workers. Economically-induced dieting will affect their work performance eventually.”
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