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Over the past ten years, the wages of factory workers at the Hamport S

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Industry Analysis: Over the past ten years, the wages of factory workers at the Hamport Steelworks have increased by 35%, and this increase is less than the increase in the cost of living due to inflation over the same period. The owners have responded that, while these unfortunate facts are true, they are also true for the wages of all workers in similar industries throughout the economy of Hamport and surrounding areas, and thus are inescapable consequences of this economic environment. This assertion of the owners group is flawed because the revenue generated by factory workers surely could be redistributed to provide the workers with a more livable wage. Representatives of these factory workers have presented a petition to the factory owners, charging them with not offering a living wage.

which of the following would weaken the argument?

A, each owner draws a salary that is between 30 and 50 times the salary of the individual factory worker,
B, the vast majority of the revenue generated by the factory must be redirected into marketing efforts that maintain relationship with buyers of the factory's goods.
C, local business have a civic duty to offer a living wage that allows workers and their families to survive and prosper in the same community as the business.
D, while outsourcing to the developing world has eliminated many other manufacturing jobs, the factory work at Hamport Steelworks requires specialized skills that the only workers there have.
E, another philosophical position. Most moral failings are not excused by the fact that a large number of other individuals or groups have committed the same failing.
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Re: Over the past ten years, the wages of factory workers at the Hamport S [#permalink]

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Basis of the argument -
This assertion of the owners group is flawed because the revenue generated by factory workers surely could be redistributed to provide the workers with a more livable wage.

A, each owner draws a salary that is between 30 and 50 times the salary of the individual factory worker - No mention of revenue so out of scope
B, the vast majority of the revenue generated by the factory must be redirected into marketing efforts that maintain relationship with buyers of the factory's goods - Correct answer. If revenues are needed for other purposes, stem argument falls apart.
C, local business have a civic duty to offer a living wage that allows workers and their families to survive and prosper in the same community as the business. - Strengthens the argument
D, while outsourcing to the developing world has eliminated many other manufacturing jobs, the factory work at Hamport Steelworks requires specialized skills that the only workers there have. - Out of scope
E, another philosophical position. Most moral failings are not excused by the fact that a large number of other individuals or groups have committed the same failing. - Morality - out of scope
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