Why is the Living Wage a Catholic concern?

In November 2012 at their plenary meeting in Leeds, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales passed this resolution on the Living Wage:

The Bishops' Conference recognises that fair wages are essential to the common good of our
society. In accordance with Catholic social teaching, and as part of its mission to support the
poor and vulnerable, the Bishops' Conference fully endorses the principle of the Living Wage
and encourages Catholic organisations and charities in England and Wales to work towards
its implementation.

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales, Plenary Meeting (November 2012)

Following the Resolution the Catholic Education Service has produced A Catholic guide to the Living Wage. This guide covers the background to the Living Wage, an overview of Church teachings on labour and wages, comments of support from schools and Catholic organisations paying the Living Wage and the steps to take to becoming a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage, a concept found in a number of Papal Encyclicals spanning over 100 years of
Church teaching, has a distinctly Catholic feel to it. 

To explore the Living Wage in the Papal Encyclical please click here.

For video resouces of the Living Wage and Catholic Social Teaching please click here.