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What are you doing against inequality?


While taxing the highest incomes may be necessary, it is by no means sufficient to equalize a society

Ask not what inequality can do to you, but rather what you can do against inequality.


Poor thing or poor me, I can't do anything.

The widening gap between rich and poor is the effect of global structural forces, beyond the reach of ordinary people.

Yes, but the fact that a few have a lot and a few have little does not depend on specific wills, the dictates of Providence or bankers locked up in a ski resort in the Alps.

Inequality in capital letters results from the inequality in lower case that occurs in all organizations of a country, from companies to administrations.

And, it is there, at the micro level, and not macro, where we can act.

In banks, with notable differences between the salaries of senior managers and low-level employees.

But also in the food sector or the media.

And we must all mobilize, voting for certain options and, above all, demanding certain salary measures in our jobs.

In Spain, the discussion focuses a lot on taxes on the rich.

But while taxing the highest incomes may be necessary, it is by no means sufficient to equalize a society.

The countries with a better balance between what their citizens earn owe it not so much to a tax policy at the State level, but to thousands of compensation policies at the company level.

We must not trust everything to Robin Hood who takes from the rich to give it to the poor, as the left wishes, or to the Makinavaja who fears the right.

Action must be taken before these income inequalities form.

There are two inspiring paths: the Swiss path and the Swedish path.

A decade ago, the Swiss held a referendum to decide whether to require by law that no executive earn more than 12 times what the company's lowest-paid employee earns.

The vote was lost, but the discussion was won.

Because, although there is no legal limit, there is now a moral limit in many corporations, the feeling that not everything goes.

And the Swedish path is transparency.

If the salaries of your colleagues, or even competitors, are public, you think twice before raising it astronomically.

Both formulas are ethical, not legal.

They are not hard, but soft, but in the long run they are more solid than Robin Hood's knife or Maikinavaja's.


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Source: elparis

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