Employee Attitudes Towards Pay By Marx Essay

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Section One. Employee attitudes towards pay. The Great Philosopher Karl Marx (1884, p 1) said “wages are determined through the antagonistic struggle between the capitalist and worker. Victory goes necessarily to the capitalist. The capitalist can live longer without the worker than the worker without the capitalist”. The aforementioned philosophic statement by Marx opens for many issues to be debated between workers and employers, employment cadres and employment policies. From the statement one realize in the hands of the capitalists are resources in the form of pay or wages that a worker desires to have in their own hands for their individual needs. As a result the capitalist employ workers and in turn pay wages which are an income and the capitalist incurs labor costs. And the income and labour cost relationship inverse such that worker desire to be paid more while the capitalist is willing to payless. It is this relationship that give birth trade unions to bargain on behalf of the worker for a range of work conditions to be improved. According to Maxell et al (2014, p 65) monetary incentives are used by employers of labours to retain their best brains and as well compensate them for a job well done and excellence of job performance through monetary form. It is during this contractual agreement that attitudes a developed by the employee towards wages. How much is being paid has a potential cause attitudes either way, positive or negative. In essence pay or incentives
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