Recently, as I often do, I browsed through the The Catechism of the Catholic Church, to learn more about my faith and to share with my readers. I came across paragrapgh 2434 about a just wage. It was very interesting indeed, not because it was something I was not aware of, but mostly because this is truly an ongoing injustice that takes place in every corner of the world. The text reads as follows:
‘A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. To refuse or withhold it can be a grave injustice. In determining fair pay both the needs and the contributions of each person must be taken into account. “Remuneration for work should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level, taking into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common good.” Agreement between the parties is not sufficient to justify morally the amount to be received in wages.’
The above text really made me wonder why such injustice is carried out. How come that such a situation occurs in today’s life, even though this is a well know injustice?
The only way to prevent any kind of injustice of being paid a just wage, is only through the intervention of Jesus in the heart of man. This can only happen if those responsible to provide a wage to their workers, is a person who truly follow the teachings and love of Christ, for the good of humanity.
A just wage, should be in place for anyone who is underpaid for any work one does. Also, a just wage, should be in place to those that through greed are being paid extreme and extravagant wages.
A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work and is to reflect the love towards humanity.