Chapter 5: Separating consumption from labour income
We now move to considering ways in which the need for solidarity within the labour market might be reduced by shifting risk on to other areas of life: workers are here consumers, but they do not necessarily depend on their labour income for their consumption. Some of the available strategies redistribute the burden of solidarity; others resemble some of the elements considered in the previous chapter, reducing the need for solidarity at all. The basic data on which discussion in the chapter is based will be found in Appendix Tables A5.1–3, and presentation of statistical material within the chapter will be based on relative distributions around means as described in Chapter 2 and practised in Chapters 3 and 4.
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