A discussion about global economic inequalities.

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The world GNP keeps rising with the world population. This is as it should be. However, the distribution of this wealth is also transforming, so that a minority are becoming very rich indeed, while both the numbers and the proportion living in relative (some say absolute) poverty keep increasing. These problems are typically left to governments, NGOs and religious institutions to deal with. Does any further obligation devolve to ordinary lives?

I propose that self-interest and 'altruism', utilitarianism and a priori ethics, at least in this case, are indistinguishable.

Is economic inequity a moral issue?

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...ery employer shall establish and maintain compensation practices that provide for pay equity in every establishment of the employer.
Section 7 (2):
No employer or bargaining agent shall bargain for or agree to compensation practices that, if adopted, would cause a contravention of Subsection (1).
So far, so good. However, Section 8 (2) reads:
...This act does not apply so as to prevent differences in compensation between a female job class and a male job class if the employer is able to show that the difference is the result of differences in bargaining strength.
This allows employers to claim that gender bias or economic factors require preferential wages for males.
Before considering how Section 8 (2) worked in the real world, we need to see how the Employment Equity Act distracted attention from a larger problem. Automation and globalization meant that both male and female job classes were likely to be de-valued. Clawbacks, downsizing, plant closures, job losses by attrition ... are the modus operandi of the New World Order. This means that any government truly concerned with ordinary well-being should have placed workplace equity second to workplace viability. As Henry Ford realized almost a century ago, workplace viability requires workplace equity. Equity issues, on the other hand, can be pursued in a vacuum. They can also be dismissed when the public comes to perceive equity as inimical to corporate viability - and dismisses the narrowly well-intentioned in favour of common sense revolutionaries.
The NDP had both a fiduciary and ideological obligation to convene such discussions. The declining prospects of ordinary people, especially the working poor, had been a matter of public record for decades.
In 1973, the richest 10 per cent of families with children made 21 times more than the poorest 10 per cent. By 1996, (they) made 314 times more than the poorest.
... Even though the majority (2/3 of women with children under three, compared with 1/3 a generation ago) are working, 60 per cent of families with children are earning less than they did in 1981.

The NDP's failure to recognize percentage wage increases as a potent source of inequity was part of their larger failure to identify the percentage-driven financial devices transferring equity from lower and middle classes to the wealthy. Many of these arrangements are inextricably entangled in financial proceedings, but Bill 154 could have rationalized remuneration adjustments. The ensuing debate would ...