Page 2, 8th May 1953

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Page 2, 8th May 1953 — Family Wage

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Family Wage

SIR.-I have always understood the teaching of the Church on the Just Wage to mean that a man was entitled to receive a wage that would enable him to support a family, and I have never seen it implied, as in Dr. Nevin's letter. that he should receive this wage only on the condition that he had a family. I feel it to be alien to Catholic social teaching that industry should pay a wage sufficient only for the support of the individual worker and that he should depend for the support of his family upon allowances doled out to him by the all-providing State.

If, moreover, this principle were adopted the question arises of how a man is to save the money he requires to set up a home. Perhaps, this again will he met by a State grant to newly married couples.

To adopt Dr. Nevin's principle would be to destroy man's responsibility for the maintenance of his family. I feel, therefore, that my original calculation was perfectly justified and more in keeping with Catholic thought than the proposal put forward by Dr. Nevin.

.1. Jackson.

Department of Economics, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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