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17 percent pay increases should fix the high cost of living

Electricity and other basic costs are skyrocketing. Public transport is crap. Schools are underfunded. There aren’t enough nurses and doctors in public hospitals.

Labor in Victoria didn’t, and couldn’t, fix these problems. So the working class suburbs turned to the Liberals. They won’t fix any of these things either -they’ll make them worse.

During the election campaign in Victoria the Liberals had a strategy of blaming Labor for the high cost of living. It worked.

The global financial crisis saw the number of employees on short hours rise dramatically, so that part time work is still a reality for many workers. When you are working only half your normal hours cost of living increases hit twice as hard.

And there have been quite a few. The most obvious one is electricity. Across Australia electricity charges have gone up over 60 percent in the last 5 years.  But other goodies in the necessities basket have also increased markedly.

Water and sewerage, rates, house prices, rents, education, health and transport all rose well above the rate of inflation over the last 12 months.

But so too did the pay of Chief Executive Officers. According to the Australian Council of Trade Unions the remuneration of CEOs went up 17 percent last year.  Not for them worries about the cost of living.

Why don’t we learn a lesson from the bosses? If annual pay increases of 17 percent are OK for them, they’re OK for us too.



Comment from Tom
Time November 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

I totally agree. Bosses are like us, flesh and blood, without the workers they would not be bosses. The workers are the heart and soul of any business so they should be rewarded also.

Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time November 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

‘Bosses are us’ would be even better!

Comment from CALLIGULA
Time November 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Some of us see the problem causing increased costs these days is the number of useless buggers that every ‘consumer’ has to support with every bill paid.

Parasitical ‘Governance’ has destroyed all value adding industry through mostly futile overregulation so nowadays has turned to suck the guts out of wage and salary earners.

Since most wage/salary earners are now employed in non value adding activity and since the mining supertax (that might have paid to keep a few thousand more useless buggers employed) has been scotched the only way the oligarchy can stay ahead of the peasants is through inflation.

No science about it – just fact.

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