Equity demands workers' share

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. It is but equity, besides, that they who food, clothe, and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed, and lodged. (Smith, Adam. The Wealth of Nations. 1776. Penguin Books, 1986, p. 181)