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Fair Wages

A man owned a small farmstead in the Yorkshire Dales. The Farm Worker's Union claimed he was not paying proper wages to his staff and sent a Shop Steward to interview him.

"Just give me a list of your employees and tell me how much you pay them," said the Shop Steward.

"All right, but there's only two," said the farmer. "I have a farm hand who's been with me for three years. I pay him £350 a week, plus room and board. I have a cook. She's been here six months and she gets £300 a week plus room and board."

"Anybody else?" asked the Shop Steward, as he scribbled in his note pad.

"Oh yeah, I nearly forgot," said the farmer. "There is the half-wit. He does an 18 hour day and only gets £100 a week, if he's lucky."

"Aha!" said the Shop Steward, "I want to talk to that half-wit!"

"You're talking to him now," said the farmer.