IR Reform: Unmentionable Barriers to Job Creation
The Howard government’s industrial relations agenda is supposedly about job-creation, as if the cost of labour — including wages and salaries, penalty rates and other perks, and the difficulty of reversing bad hiring decisions — were the last remaining barrier to full employment.
Sorry that we have to state the bleeding obvious, but:
* Jobs cannot be created unless the employer can pay the rent or mortgage on the business premises out of the proceeds of the business; and
* Jobs cannot be created unless the workers can pay the rent or mortgage on housing within commuting distance of those jobs, out of wages that the employer can pay out of the proceeds of the business.