Category: Wages

Wages, wage suppression and crocodile tears

Wages, wage suppression and crocodile tears

House price falls are not the economy’s biggest worry Reserve Bank governor Dr Philip Lowe had more sensible things to say in three hours than we usually get in a month. http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/house-price-falls-are-not-the-economy-s-biggest-worry-20190226-p510gk.html?btis Here Ross Gittins, economist at the Sydney Morning Herald, sheds crocodile tears over wages suppression and associated low household incomes. He backs up…

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Understanding exploitation

Understanding exploitation

https://portside.org/2019-01-26/erik-olin-wright-1947-2019 This obituary for Erik Olin Wright makes me regret not paying more attention to his thoughts and writing. There was something of his that I read back in the early 80’s that provided some insights about union strategy at the time, that at short notice I do not recall. This says more, not good,…

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Right to strike mystery in an election year: back to 1993?

Right to strike mystery in an election year: back to 1993?

My hunch is that soon Labor and union negotiators will turn to their 1993 version of the right to strike to finalize their workplace and industrial relations policy for the national election. In this post I suggest why from their point of view and discuss what that might mean. The immediate context From the point…

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