Originally posted by borntowatch
Originally posted by Cosmic4life
Mate of mine works 6 months of the year, not including the 6 weeks holidays, works 1 week up on the mines has one week at home. One on one off.
$120,000 a year he earns doing that..
The average wage in the mines is $90 000, thats for working six months a year, 12 hour days. Unskilled, Tradies earn far more than that.
You are all talking crap, no idea what is going on. The carbon taxes and mining taxes are hobbling Australia.
Gillard is destroying this country.
Thats what Gena is saying, you pretend you know whats going on. Brainwashed by the media.
edit on 5-9-2012 by borntowatch because: (no reason
Just a question in regards to you mentioning 'unskilled'. I'm classed as an unskilled worker in reference to the mining industry. I applied for
over 80 bottom level entry mining jobs, and was prepared to work anywhere in Australia, yet i only got 3 replies from the 80+ applications,all
rejections, and heard nothing from the other applications. But all i keep hearing is about the "mining boom" and how the mines are "crying out for
workers", yet unless i know someone who knows someone, i can't even get a foot in the door. But then i hear about bringing overseas workers from
Asia because "Australians don't want to work in the mines" ?????
There seems to be a lot of contradictions and hypocracy in these comments, and leaves someone like me very confused as to where i stand.
The miners are well paid for several reasons..............
1. They have a strong union.
2. Its dangerous work, and danger money is factored into their pay.
3. Its usually hot and dirty work, and just as plumbers are well paid for cleaning out the pipes to your toilet, the miners are well paid for working
in less than average enviroments.
4. The mining companies are making record profits, and those profits should be shared amongst the workers who do the work, which in turn makes the
If claims are going to be made that the mining industry can't survive unless wages are cut, then does that mean the mining industry will collapse and
fold, or does it mean the mining companies can't continue to make record profits due to trying to keep the constant expected return that so many
shareholders today expect ?
I think whats happening is the mining boom has peaked, and there's only one way to go now and thats down, so in order to keep the shareholders happy,
the first option usually always seems to be that the workers pay is the first thing attacked, then followed by the wokers actual job.
Investing in shares is no different to any other form of gambling, and choosing to gamble [invest] on a company during a mining boom should not be a
garuantee of a return on that gamble [investment]. The workers are the ones who do the work and make the company its profits, and without those
workers, then these mining companies are nothing more than a business name registed with the tax office. The shareholders in these companies are given
priority ahead of the workers when it should be the other way around. Isn't a worker keeping his/her job more important than a shareholder making a
higher return than the previous 12 months ??? If i choose to invest [gamble] on a football team or a horse race, no one cares if i lose my money, so
why should the workers care if shareholders lose on their bet ?
But Julia Gillard and Gina Reinhart both have one thing in common, we, the Australian people didn't vote for either of them, but they both have such
a huge say in where this country heads..............and the rest of us are just along for the ride !