With wage/income inequality that derives from institutionalised classism, people on low incomes do not have the same opportunities to access the goods and services interdependently produced by a society.
What does this mean "the goods and services interdependently produced by a society". Well it means that single good or service is not produced by a single individual but always by a collection of individuals. This includes the work that is required to facilitate the production of a good or service, for example goods and services are often produced in a building that needs to be kept clean and kept maintained in terms of its infrastructure and energy/communication supplies. Therefore what I mean by interdependently produce is that for any good or service a complex network of contributions are required and that essentially each of these contributions are as important as another since without one the good or service cannot be produced.
Classism as an ideology, attempts to hierarchically rank the different contributions that are each necessary to produce (interdependently) different goods and services based on arbitrary and artificial criteria. For example skilled and low skilled is one such criteria that is based on a perceived level of training with university training being perceived as more skilled than college training which is perceived as more skilled than on the job training. Exceptions do exist but this is one general pattern utilised by those that advocate the discrimination that is associated with classism and so justify income inequality. Another typical pattern is to discriminate on the basis of perceived position within an economic hierarchy so that shop floor workers will tend to be paid less than office workers and workers paid less than managers although each and every individual contribution is as important as the next.
These acts of income inequality which in themselves are based on identifying certain contributions as more important than others are arbitrary and artificial impositions which purposely negates the equal value of all the different contributions that interdependently produce all the goods and services produced by a society and are in themselves tantamount to human rights abuses since they actively seek to deprive sections of society from the abundance that is created by a society and in turn cause poverty and diminished life expectancies.
Therefore I argue that the discrimination against the poor that is perpetrated by a system that contains institutionalised classism fails to align with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International conventions that follow from it. In particular Article 2 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights clearly states that rights are to be applied "without distinction of any kind" including social origin or status and Article 7 recognises "the right of everyone to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work which ensure, in particular: (a) Remuneration which provides all workers, as a minimum, with: (i) Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind, in particular women being guaranteed conditions of work not inferior to those enjoyed by men, with equal pay for equal work".
In this respect, when it is acknowledged that it is only the interdependence of equal contributions that makes possible the production of goods and services, then it becomes apparent that "equal renumeration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind" means that all types of work whether considered skilled or unskilled or blue collar as opposed to white collar or managerial as opposed to shop floor are all of equal value in terms of their contribution towards the production of goods and services as so should be given equal renumeration.However, successive UK governments have turned a blind eye to the interdependent nature of work and the equal value of work contributions that arises from it.
It will be the job of "What about Classism?" to actively ensure that the wage inequality which arises from classism is highlighted as the human rights abuse that it is in order to rid our society of the all pervasive cycles of poverty and neglect and pyramids of abuse that is often associated with classism within our society.