Tag Archives: wages

Shell keen to import foreign workers

Leigh Sales ABC One of the world’s most powerful business leaders has applauded the Government’s move to put a price on carbon, but says his company will need to import foreign workers to make its Australian operations competitive. Peter Voser, … Continue reading

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Australian jobs on the move to NZ

Madeleine Heffernan Sydney Morning Herald HUNDREDS of Australian jobs have been shifted to New Zealand as local producers try to avoid the impact of high wages, a soaring Australian dollar and restrictive labour laws. Woolworths is the latest to transfer … Continue reading

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The Pill Makes Women Richer

Kate Sheppard Mother Jones Not only is birth control helping women not get preggers, it’s also making women richer. Widespread availability of oral contraception—a.k.a. “The Pill”—has played a major role in closing the gender wage gap since the 1980s, according … Continue reading

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A precarious life

Clay Lucas Sydney Morning Herald “Guy Standing is a professor of economic security at Britain’s Bath University. His 2011 book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Classoutlined his case for why an increasingly insecure workforce poses a threat to social stability.” … Continue reading

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Chinese Workers Demanding Better Wages, Conditions, Real Union Protections

Lijia Zhang AlterNet Two weeks ago, Foxconn Technology, an electronic giant, announced it would increase its workers’ salaries by as much as 25%. The move was probably the result of pressure from the increasingly rights-conscious workers and international concerns about … Continue reading

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The Greek Experiment

The Real News Michael Hudson: Greek crisis used to find out how far finance can drive down wages and privatize.

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Chinese staff at Xbox 360 plant threaten to commit mass suicide if their pay demands aren’t met

Source: Daily Mail Three hundred staff at a factory that builds Xbox 360s have threatened to commit mass suicide if their wage demands are not met, it emerged today. Employees working for electronics giant Foxcon in Wuhan, China, claim the … Continue reading

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Britain’s poorest hit by £2.5bn ‘stealth tax’

Source: Independent Tax cuts for low and middle-income families in April will be dwarfed by hidden reductions in tax credits, according to a study for The Independent. The analysis found that the £1bn of tax cuts in April will be … Continue reading

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Low income households struggling: report

Source: theWest Low income working households are $12 a week worse off than they were a year ago and are struggling to keep pace with increases in housing and utility costs, a report by the Western Australian Council for Social … Continue reading

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‘Dismal’ prospects: 1 in 2 Americans are now poor or low income

Source: MSNBC WASHINGTON – Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data … Continue reading

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