[LINK] I'm going to throw something out there...
adam at todd.inoz.com
Mon Feb 16 01:05:36 EST 2004
>I had a discussion with a laborer (fairly senior in his construction
>company) several months ago over a beer at a pub in Melbourne and he tried
>to explain how hardly done they [read: he] was doing. From memory, he
>earnt a respectable 80K a year and worked an average 8 hours a day and had
>Sundays and Mondays off. Yet, he wanted more.
Man I'm in the wrong job! When I'm working fully, I do 20 hours a day,
don't get any days off for weeks at a time and currently my income is
limited due to the fact that sales determine my earnings. One of the sad
factors of being a producer of a product that needs to go to market before
you get an income. Bit like a farmer really.
I guess as a Builder it must be hard getting a guaranteed weekly wage, as
with a Train Driver and a teacher. Imagine if they only got paid when the
house was built? Or the passengers were delivered on time or the students
all passed with 90% or greater.
>What ever happened to the old ideals in Australia of giving it a go and
>working hard for your earnings. I personally work >60 hours a week as a
>minimum and whilst I always wish I had more money, I still only get paid
You need to change from a salary to a wage!
>Is this country going mad?
>Am I being overly simplistic?
>What, if anything, are we doing wrong?
Society tells us to "get A job."
It tells us to get A mortgage and the aussie dream house.
It tells us to get interest free appliances.
It tells us to get a loan for the car which we can't do without to get to
work because the Train Drivers are on Strike as are the Bus and Taxi
drivers :) Hence there is no reason to use public transport and as such
the government heads of those departments need more money in their budgets
to employ more managers to boss around fewer staff that are needed to ferry
the reducing number of passengers because most people now drive solo to
work because the trains are unreliable.
>I could say more but, I ll wait to get responses first.
Bah, do you need to say more?
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