While we are consumed with our annual dose of self righteousness and the annual argument about the date of Australia Day (whichever side of that annual debate you are on), have a read of the couple of stories below. They do actually matter, if you work and intend to retire one day. Low wage growth has already affected you and will continue to do so.
At the same time, have a little think about why wage growth has flatlined and job security declined while the rich are just getting richer. Shouldn't be too hard to join the dots. These are not unrelated.
First story. Pretty standard pro union fare about the "interesting" decision of FWDC Jonathon Hamberger (remember that name for the next story) to deny workers their lawful right to withdraw their labour in a "protected bargaining period". - but worth a read for an understanding of the decision. Note the story does not explore Hamberger's interesting background..
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... MP=soc_567
Here's the kicker.
Here's a story from 2007 about Howard political appointments- Mr Hamberger gets a good mention
https://www.crikey.com.au/2007/11/29/th ... ointments/
A little story I found from 2004 because I remembered Hamberger's name from many years ago, when he was involved with Reith in the dockyard actions in 1998 at Patricks and I remembered him getting stuck into Labor as the Employment Advocate..
http://fddp.theage.com.au/articles/2004 ... m=storylhs
Mr Hamberger, who was once an adviser to former workplace minister Peter Reith, is one of two conservative appointments to the commission.
Another one about Hamberger's crusade in the construction union.
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/no ... partiality
Coincidence that we now have pitiful wage growth, poor job security and now no right to strike at all?
Yeah, right, keep telling yourself that and get back to the annual argument about what date we will have a national holiday on. This has been the plan since Hewson unveiled Fightback!
I thought it was ALMOST funny that Morrison continued to pedal his wage growth fairy tale while the very reason for this problem was playing out at FWC courtesy of one of his Party's plants.
I know both sides make appointments. This has all gone too far to the right now (happens when one party governs for most of the last two decades) and severe action by workers will be required to pull it back as they struggle to make ends meet and address low wage growth and low job security. I am seeing a lot of calls in union circles for the return of old but effective worker tactics- secondary boycotts etc.
Hopefully, young people will see they have to actually fight for their rights, because they will not trickle down to them.
Happiness is .......a Telebass and 500W.