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NY Times Cites Dishwasher Jobs In Australia As Requiring More Cheap Labor


A few Australians are making $ 65 an hour washing dishes in Sydney’s city center, so the government should extract cheap labor from other countries, according to the New York Times’ city ​​office manager.

“On busy nights, dishwashers at an upscale restaurant in Sydney make $ 65 an hour,” author Damien Cave wrote in a long article encouraging the import of cheap labor. in Australia, United States, New Zealand, Germany, Japan and other countries. rich countries. Cave wrote:

As the global economy heats up and tries to put the pandemic aside, a battle for the young and the able has begun. With expedited visas and promises of permanent residence, many wealthy countries boosting the global economy are sending a message to skilled immigrants around the world: Help needed. Now.

The NYTS’s cheap labor message was supported by quotes from other interested cheap labor advocates:

“Covid is an accelerator of change,” said Jean-Christophe Dumont, head of international migration research for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD. “Countries have had to realize the importance of migration and immigrants. “

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In the United States,… calls for a reorientation of immigration policy towards the economy are increasing. The United States Chamber of Commerce has urged policymakers to overhaul the immigration system to allow more work visas and green cards.

One of the approved attorneys was Parag Khanna, an Indian immigrant to the United States, who recently told McKindsey.com:

There is an obvious self-interest in moving people to resources, and technology to people, but we are not going to achieve that new balance that we need and want if we are still ruled by archaic concepts like than [national] sovereignty… The essential is the following: [business] supply and demand must always dictate [worldwide] migration policy.

The New York Times‘The disapproval of a dishwasher getting $ 65 reflects the widespread elitist rejection of economic or civic solidarity with the middle classes of their nations.

For example, the $ 65 claimed is only for weekend hours at the upscale Rockpool Bar & Grill in downtown Sydney, and 12 hours per week would earn a worker $ 39,000 per year. That’s about $ 30,000 a year after Australian taxes, barely enough to pay the $ 1,000 a month rent for a two-bedroom apartment an hour from the restaurant’s dishwasher and prime rib appetizers. lamb at $ 40.

Sydney chef Neil Perry holds an entrance to his Rockpool restaurant. (DAVID HANCOCK / AFP / Getty)

But all other Australian restaurant workers have to work well over 40 hours to get decent housing, as the country’s mass immigration has skyrocketed housing costs and slashed wages.

Most of the migrants have crowded into a few coastal towns, generating huge income and profits for the real estate industry, as well as a myriad of retailers.

“The price of a typical Sydney house has increased 17-fold over the past 40 years, almost three times faster than wages,” the SYdney Morning Herald reported in November 2021.

About 18 million Australians share their homeland with some 7.7 million migrants, or nearly one migrant for every two Australians.

Immigrants include around 1.5 million migrants from culturally foreign India and China, who now make up nearly 10 percent of the population.

The huge influx has also helped to minimize the wages of Australians, the editor-in-chief of ABC.net.au reported:

That’s an academic way of saying this: There is an easy solution to skills shortages: pay higher wages. Instead, the push has been to import large numbers of additional workers.

There are two reasons why. The first is to lower the price of labor. And the second is that rapid population expansion translates into a bigger economy and a larger potential market, allowing businesses to make more money without the need for innovation.

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[But] GDP per capita was 9 percent lower than that of the best performing OECD countries, and our productivity was 15 percent lower than that of the top performers.

Our problem is not so much a skills shortage as it is a political ruse. We have put the numbers together to make it appear that we are world leaders in economic growth. But in the process, we have reduced wages, living standards and productivity.

The Sydney Morning Herald, who announced the well-paying dishwasher jobs on November 21, filled in gaps not reported by the New York Times:

Apprentice chefs earn as little as [$10] an hour and are expected to work long hours, which participants at a meeting of hospitality executives said has contributed to the labor shortages.

The meeting of industry and government officials also discussed the results of a survey which found that 91 percent of those polled said there was an overdependence on foreign chefs in Australian kitchens, while 59 percent identified a shortage of local leaders.

The Herald The article also quoted Rockpool Restaurant Executive Chef Corey Costelloe:

Mr Costelloe also said some employers need to ‘get their game back’ to attract more apprentices and staff: ‘They shoot themselves in the foot if they don’t make their work environment a good place to work. , you’re not going to get the staff, ”he said. When asked if he would encourage his children to join the hospitality industry, Mr. Costelloe replied, “No way.”

Contrary to New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted an advocate of better pay for employees:

Karma Lord, director of Hospo Voice, the hotel arm of the United Workers Union, said large numbers of employers had started businesses based on wage theft and precarious work, and prey on young people and workers most vulnerable migrants. “Trained and experienced workers have left this industry in droves because they are fed up with being treated like garbage, and it absolutely peaked during the pandemic,” she said.

The labor shortage is also putting pressure on restaurateurs to hire marginalized Indigenous Australians, Herald show: “[National Indigenous Culinary Institute] Chief Executive Officer Nathan Lovett said attracting people from Indigenous, marginalized or remote communities who are interested in cooking is a critical step in helping address the industry’s skills crisis.

But corporate pressure has prompted the Australian government to import more workers and consumers as the coronavirus disaster is contained. “We are working on a figure of 200,000, it may be more than that, but we will actively seek to bring as many people to Australia as soon as possible,” Home Secretary Karen Andrews said on November 21. .

In the United States, migration slows Americans’ productivity, reduces their political weight and widens regional wealth gaps. It radicalizes their democratic and compromise-friendly civic culture and allows elites to ignore desperate Americans in the bottom of society.

Migration is also reducing the political power of the news media, which no longer covers congressional plans to further expand legal migration into the US labor and housing markets.



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