Global Living Wage
Our Holy Scriptures speak repeatedly of the God who reminds us that it is unjust to construct or perpetuate barriers to physical wholeness or full participation in community.
Jesus' commandment to love our neighbor-a love that extends to all persons in all places-is incompatible with exploitation or underpayment of workers.
The Social Principles instruct us on the rights of all people including children to have food, shelter, clothing, health care, and emotional well-being and, that in particular, children must be protected from economic, physical, emotional, and sexual exploitation.
One hundred years ago, The Methodist Episcopal Church, in adopting the first social creed, responded to the call for worker justice by proclaiming support for "a living wage in every industry" (1908 Social Creed).
Therefore, in the global community of the twenty-first century, the church has no choice but to be concerned about and involved in contemporary issues of globalization including the impact of changing global economic structures, particularly in the world's poorer countries, if we are to be faithful to our biblical roots and theological traditions. A living wage in a safe and healthy workplace with reasonable hours of work is a universal right not restricted by national borders.
We call upon all members of the global United Methodist Church to work in partnership with persons, communities, and governments everywhere around the world to bring about the creation of conditions that encompass fundamental workers' rights, fair wages, a safe and healthy workplace, reasonable hours of work, decent living standards, support for community infrastructure, and commitment to community economic development.
See Social Principles, ¶ 163B, C, and E.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.