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The Value of Catholic Social Teaching

A treasure trove of thoughts There’s a standard joke among those committed to justice in society that Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is the Church’s best kept secret. It’s a vision derived from biblical texts on the creation of humans and God’s covenants with the Jewish patriarchs Noah, Moses and David, up to Jesus’ parables about […]

John Ryall, National Secretary of the Service and Food workers Union NZ

MM How would you define the Living Wage? Is it the same as the ‘just wage’ in Catholic Social teaching? JR  The Living Wage is a wage which is enough for the worker and his/her family not just to survive but to be able to participate in society. This means they are not working hours […]

The Living Wage

In February 2013 the NZ government set the Minimum wage at $13.75 an hour, an increase of 25c. There was muted comment at the time, as this is a regular adjustment. Some economists said that if there were a greater rise, then businesses would fail and jobs would be lost. The labour unions are talking […]