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subsistence wage

the lowest wage upon which a worker and his family can survive
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  • Also in most trades women and children are employed, to whom it is not even pretended that a subsistence wage is given.

    Signs of Change William Morris
  • How can a man or woman engaged in such labour for ten hours a day at subsistence wage enjoy a fully developed life?

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • One of these figures was designed for a subsistence wage, the other for a “human needs” wage.

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