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Union push for $50 more per week!

Union push for $50 more per week!

Funny how we are constantly reminded that the way we live, work, trade and think is global. Funny how the unions have never understood that, unless it favours what they want. The ACTU chose the pipsqueak Sally McManus as secretary as defender for the lemmings. McManus should do some homework about how to NOT push Australia over the cliff via union greed. Greed is good thinks the clown like McManus who have zero conception of what causes hardship. Cheaper labour costs on the global market. To begin with just one example, we wonder if McManus even knows the union greed has sent all Australian auto manufacturing off shore. The fool might also compare comparable wages.

Unions will push for a record $50-a-week pay rise for the nation’s lowest-paid, more than double the amount awarded last year.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus has declared a big increase is needed to address low wages growth, penalty-rate cuts and rising living costs. In the biggest one-off dollar-terms rise sought to the national minimum wage, the ACTU will urge the Fair Work Commission today to increase the rate from $694.90 to $744.90 a week, equivalent to a 7.2 per cent rise that unions will seek to flow on to an estimated 2.3 million workers.

Source: News Corp

Unions in push for $50-a-week minimum pay rise

Employers warned granting the “extraordinary, ambit” claim would force small businesses to lay off employees and reduce trading hours. Business groups will seek to limit the increase to $12.50 to $13.20 a week.
Awarding the ACTU claim would lift the national minimum wage’s hourly rate from $18.29 to $19.60, or by $2600 annually to $38,735 a year. The commission last year awarded a $22.20-a-week rise, equivalent to a 3.3 per cent increase, the largest minimum wage rise in dollar terms since 2010. According to the ACTU submission, applying the 7.2 per cent rise would lead to some award-reliant workers receiving weekly increases ranging from $55.14 to $84.39.
Ms McManus said the claim was part of the union movement’s long-term strategy to bring the minimum wage up to 60 per cent of the median wage.

“With record low wages growth holding us back, penalty-rate cuts kicking in and bills and rent rising faster than ever, there has never been a better time for a big pay rise for Australians,’’ Ms McManus said.
“People should not work full-time and struggle to pay for the ­basics of life. We need to restore a living wage. Low wages growth is pushing our economy off course. It’s not just working people saying that, the Reserve Bank and Treasurer Scott Morrison agree.”
Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said the commission needed to take a cautious approach and limit this year’s increase to $12.50 a week, or 1.8 per cent.
“Australia already has one of the highest national minimum wage rates in the world, and most Australian workers are entitled to award-wage rates that are higher than the national minimum wage,’’ Mr Willox said.
“Currently, background inflation in Australia is weak and this means that a smaller minimum wage increase will generate real wage increases for workers, ­including those in low-wage jobs. Now is not the time to take risks with minimum wage setting.”

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson said small business could afford a maximum $13.20-a-week rise, equivalent to 1.9 per cent, and higher than the 1.2 per cent argued for by the chamber last year.
Mr Pearson said that although there were signs the economy was picking up, the outlook was patchy and many award-reliant small businesses were struggling. The ACTU claim would risk small business and jobs, he said, noting that the commission had awarded eight consecutive above-inflation increases to the minimum wage.
“Let think about the local newsagency,’’ he said. “If they are faced with that sort of increase in their wages bill, what are they likely to do? They might have to let people go, they might have to close the shop down for a couple of hours a day if they can afford to.
“At the end of the day, small businesses will close their doors or let people go, and that’s the folly of the ACTU claim. It ignores the ­capacity of small business, who overwhelmingly have their wages determined by the Fair Work Commission, to pay.”
Mr Willox said last year’s 3.3 per cent rise was “exceptionally high”, and an excessive increase this year would reduce the job ­security of low-paid workers and lessen job opportunities for the ­unemployed and underemployed.
“Despite some improvements in GDP and employment growth, national disposable income growth remains weak … Businesses are under pressure. Steep ­energy price rises are proving difficult to pass on to customers and are squeezing margins across a wide range of industries. Also, productivity growth has been exceedingly weak over the past decade and over the current productivity growth cycle.”
Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash said the government acknowledged that wages growth had been sluggish. “The government has made it very clear we expect employers to now start passing on the profits that they are making in terms of wages growth,’’ she said. “But again, as I said, if you don’t get the basic economic fundamentals right, employers cannot be profitable. You need profitable employers, you need an economy creating jobs, and that does ultimately flow through to wages growth.”
Workplace Relations Minister Craig Laundy said the government would leave it to the ­commission to determine an ­appropriate outcome “unlike the ACTU and Labor who have ­released policies to override the ­independent umpire”.
Opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor said Labor would urge the commission to increase the minimum wage but he did not specify a desirable amount yesterday.

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  • TommyGun 13/03/2018, 7:48 am

    The moron unionists just don’t “get” it, do they?
    Higher wages feed inflation, which causes price rises of goods and services, which lead to…demands by the Unions for higher wages! Duh!

    On top of that, an 8 year-old could see that Australians enjoying luxury wages for process work will lead to manufacturing jobs being exported to countries with low wages (China, anyone?) not to mention an flood of immigrants to Australia expecting to be paid high salaries for menial jobs.

    Unions ought to be simply made illegal.

  • Penguinite 13/03/2018, 7:59 am

    Of course Unions will push for huge increases in the minimum wage< especially when they are on a recruitment drive! 54% of median wage is grotesque! already.

  • Lorraine 13/03/2018, 8:08 am

    ACTU and Unions are The real Problem as they supported the carbon Tax that sent all car manufacturing to the wall and many other Industries off shore,now they want Mum and Dad business’s that are not Union members to go out of business as well. Is the ACTU going to push $50,00 per week for the pensioner , sorry No not a Union member, not a public servant, we care not for your lot

  • Albert 13/03/2018, 8:55 am

    We presently use the demise of the motor vehicle industry to illustrate how and why manufacturing in Australia is criminally depleted due to union demands but don’t expect union bloodsuckers like McManus to understand that.

    When this country finally becomes Paul Keating’s Banana Republic it will be at the hands of unions and corporate greed. If the government had any backbone at all it would be legislating to reduce the influence of criminal unions such as the CFMEU and others, even to the point of deregistration.

  • Biking Voter 13/03/2018, 9:03 am

    McAnus should learn to live within her income parameters, like most Australians have to. She is too stupid to see that an unfettered income rise will also unleash an unfettered rise in everything else that everyone will have to pay, including all that didn’t get her $50 demand.

    It’s not low wages growth pushing our economy off course, it’s the greed from corporations and stupidity from governments pushing people to try and make ends meet.

  • Jarrah 13/03/2018, 10:34 am

    Another Marxist, another alphabet person, another destroyer to help stuff things up. She should be sent packing, unions have too much power for the few they represent. She needs to read economics 101, she may learn something, no wonder our manufacturing industries are so stuffed. She is another bludger interested in the minority at the expense of the majority. Lefties are the scourge of our society.

  • Xword 13/03/2018, 10:36 am

    Some people born with certain looks are almost certainly destined to be narcs …

    • Neville 14/03/2018, 2:34 am

      It always astonishes me, in an academic way, of course, how the greatest society-botherers around always seem to look like the east end of a westbound camel.

  • Clarion Call 13/03/2018, 11:27 am

    All part of the global master plan to cripple democracies economically to allow big government to step in and institute total control of the masses. Been going on for yonks! Read up on this Communist manifesto and there it is in plain sight.

    • Joe Blogs 13/03/2018, 11:45 am

      Agree, CC. McAnus, the Marxist bull dyke, knows exactly what s/he’s doing.

  • opa 13/03/2018, 12:17 pm

    I’m confused! If they hate men so much why do they dress like them? Or are they angry that they can’t be men themselves, something they love more than anything else? And yet, despite all the tough talk and image, Sally, Wong and all the sisterhood will still have to humbly sit down for a pee, the poor things!

  • Graham 13/03/2018, 12:59 pm

    This intellectually and cosmetically challenged moron who has never had a proper job i.e. something productive and who seems to be perpetually angry about everything needs to get educated in real economics.

    • TommyGun 13/03/2018, 1:23 pm

      “This intellectually and cosmetically challenged moron…”

      HA! Love your work, G.

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