The living wage

by The Warehouse trust

Many years ago a friend and I ran a small employment/job-readiness project through our church in Gugulethu. One of the painful aspects of the work that changed my life was listening to men and women sharing stories of exploitation and racism, sometimes covert and other times overt; stories that opened my eyes to the ongoing suffering and immoral treatment of domestic staff in South Africa. Some of the stories were from homes that were clearly Christian in their stated beliefs.

I started to ask questions like, “If we truly believe all people are equal, surely the way we treat staff should reflect that?”; “How can Jesus-followers who are called and motivated by the call to love our neighbours, be part of a system that is clearly exploiting others?”;