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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Mr Mike Wilson 

Postgraduate research student

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Postgrad research student, politics and international relations. PhD subject: wages and justice.

I am a trade union official for the public services union, UNISON. I am working on my PhD thesis part time.

In the course of my work in the labour movement I have encountered grave injustices. Workers are told that if they are industrious, if they make fullest use of their talents, they will be rewarded appropriately. The highest wages accrue to those who work hardest and are most talented. But is that true? After all, the people at the top of contemporary society do not earn a wage and likely never have and never will. Their (much larger) incomes are derived from rents and capital.

My research seeks to answer the question: can a wage-based society deliver distributive justice for workers?

If wages are not a just reward to labour, then perhaps we need to divorce labour from resource allocation altogether and find “non-market” rewards to motivate production.

Research interests

Labour and socialism, social justice, public policy and administration, political theory, future of work.

PhD supervision: Chris Armstrong, Ben Saunders, David Owen

Mr Mike Wilson
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/2025

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