Henry Ford

Henry Ford er måske ikke moderne, men disse to uddrag fra den tidligere ven, Samuel S. Marquis’, bog om ham synes jeg stadig er relevante:

I asked him why he had fixed upon five dollars as the minimum pay for unskilled labor. His reply was, “Because that is about the least a man with a family can live on in these days. We have been looking into the housing and home conditions of our employees […]. But with the unskilled man it is different. He’s not getting enough. He isn’t getting all that’s coming to him. And we must not forget that he is just as necessary to industry as the skilled man. Take the sweeper out of the shop and it would become in a short time an unfit place in which to work. We can’t get along without him. And we have no right to take advantage of him because he must sell his labor in an open market. We must not pay him a wage on which he cannot possibly maintain himself and his family under proper physical and moral conditions just because he is not in a position to demand more.”
“But suppose the earnings of a business are so small that it cannot afford to pay that which, in your opinion, is a living wage; what then?” I asked. “Then there is something wrong with the man who is trying to run the business. He may be honest. He may mean to do the square thing. But clearly he isn’t competent to conduct a business for himself, for a man who cannot make a business pay a living wage to his employees has no right to be in business. He should be working for some one who knows how to do things. On the other hand, a man who can pay a living wage and refuses to do so is simply storing up trouble for himself and others. […] Industry will […] pay the bill in the end. In my opinion it is better to pay as we go along and save the interest on the bill, to say nothing of being human in our industrial relations.”
[min fremhævelse – teksten kan om nødvendigt læses i denne skannede udgave]

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