Monthly Archives: December 2017

Workers’ rights

21.12.17

Workers’ rights have been earned, not granted. A little over a century ago, the Australian Labor Party was born out of the hardship of the working class. When I use the word ‘workers’ in this sense, I refer to those of us who work for someone else in return for a wage. And this is not to imply that those who pay the wages do not work, of course they do. Many of you out there in the workforce have very good wages and conditions now. You believe you don’t need the Labor Party or the Union movement any more for protection. You tend to begrudge having to pay union dues, even though those dues are tax deductable, but it would be better to look on it as a form of industrial insurance.

These good wages and conditions are a result of union activity in the past, good unions are still battling away on your behalf in the Industrial Courts. Wages and conditions in Australia were not as good as they are now in the past. Ask any working man or woman over the age of 70 or so what it was like when they began their working life. There is a great fear among older people that the young workers will learn too late, the value of unions – good conditions and wages had to be fought for and won the hard way in our working days. The younger workers have never had to battle; they regard these wages and conditions as a right, and they seemingly do not realize how easy ‘these rights’ can be taken away, please don’t let the employers turn back the clock to the bad old days.

Original letter was written by Rob Lawrence of Hughenden.

 

Advertisements

Workers’ rights

21.12.17

Workers’ rights have been earned, not granted. A little over a century ago, the Australian Labor Party was born out of the hardship of the working class. When I use the word ‘workers’ in this sense, I refer to those of us who work for someone else in return for a wage. And this is not to imply that those who pay the wages do not work, of course they do. Many of you out there in the workforce have very good wages and conditions now. You believe you don’t need the Labor Party or the Union movement any more for protection. You tend to begrudge having to pay union dues, even though those dues are tax deductable, but it would be better to look on it as a form of industrial insurance.

These good wages and conditions are a result of union activity in the past, good unions are still battling away on your behalf in the Industrial Courts. Wages and conditions in Australia were not as good as they are now in the past. Ask any working man or woman over the age of 70 or so what it was like when they began their working life. There is a great fear among older people that the young workers will learn too late, the value of unions – good conditions and wages had to be fought for and won the hard way in our working days. The younger workers have never had to battle; they regard these wages and conditions as a right, and they seemingly do not realize how easy ‘these rights’ can be taken away, please don’t let the employers turn back the clock to the bad old days.

Original letter was written by Rob Lawrence of Hughenden.

 

The working population

20.12.17

With the working population struggling with the LNP wage freeze, the median income is approximately $43,000 per annum, inflation is low but every week that passes the ordinary working person’s income has to stretch further than ever before due to subtle rises in the cost of living. It is no wonder that there are well in excess of three million Australians living below the poverty line, with no prospect of advancement under this federal LNP government.

As prices steadily rise and wages remain frozen, many small businesses will simply go to the wall and add to the already huge volume of unemployed and underemployed people in this country.  The Roy Morgan Research corporation puts “real” unemployment at 9.5% and it has always been a difficult task to be born working class and to progress in life, especially now that the Turnbull LNP government has limited university places, to keep working class people down.

We do not need personal income tax cuts, what we do need is for these foreign multibillion dollar multinational corporations to pay a fair share of income tax, instead this LNP government runs a protection racket so they don’t pay a red cent. Our aging infrastructure is badly in need of renewal and I am so happy that the Queensland Labor government is recognizing and acting accordingly, having promised to build the $100 million Burdekin Hydro Electric power station that should at least lower our electricity bills.