Problems with the Living Wage Movement

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Abstract

The Living Wage Movement (LWM) should be evaluated on whether it enables more people, or people willing to work, to lead a decent life. But, first, to the extent that it succeeds in getting some workers up to that threshold it is likely to make it harder for other workers to do the same. Second, to the extent that it succeeds in getting some workers up to that threshold it is likely to make it harder for non-workers to do the same. The LWM is likely afflicted with these problems to a greater extent than is the Minimum Wage Movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-143
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Volume36
Issue number2
Early online date16 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Living wage
  • Minimum wge
  • Social movements
  • Labelling
  • Unemployment

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