Posts tagged unions
I generally restrict myself to reblogging the words of sex workers on sex work, because non-sex working feminists speaking for sex workers is a fucking plague. but I really want to say something about how feminists who are critical of “sex positivity” need to stop lumping in self-organised sex workers’ movements in with that. because I’m seeing that a lot lately and it’s a total strawman. all the sex workers I know have smart and subtle analyses of sex work that go way beyond “it’s empowering, stop being so sex-negative”. a lot of them reject sex positivity discourses absolutely, are lesbians, are radical feminists, work day jobs in domestic violence prevention, or are otherwise committed to a feminism that’s not just about sexy individual choices. of course they are: when something is part of your own life you don’t think about it in clumsy absolutes.
they often choose not to share any negative feelings they have about sex work or bad experiences at work with non-sex workers, because it makes them more vulnerable, and because destigmatising sex work is not a distraction from sex workers organising as labour, it’s part of that project. it is, it is. when the unionists I’ve known can go in one breath from talking about how the bosses don’t respect their labour to joking in a super dehumanising way about the “delicacies” on offer at the brothel run by their scary organised-crime contacts, you know that sex workers’ dignity and humanity has to be established before anything else is possible.
and that begins with listening to sex workers about the reality of their working lives, not to dickheads like me trying to claim “knowing sex workers” or, worse, “having read a lot of books on the topic” as a form of expertise.
Victoria’s nurses have won pay increases of up to 21 per cent and will maintain current nurse-to-patient ratios following an agreement struck with the state government and hospitals after a bitter nine-month dispute.
Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick told a packed meeting of nurses and midwives in Melbourne on Friday that the nurses had emerged from negotiations with much more of what they wanted than what the government wanted.
The resolution will include pay increases of between 14 and 21 per cent over four years, no health assistants, no split shifts and a maintenance of nurse-patient ratios, which was one of the sticking points in the dispute. I wish I could see the look on the face of that douchebag who told a young nurse I was out with that if she didn’t like getting paid less than her high school job at Priceline why doesn’t she just quit. (via monsterpussy)
you have a different minimum wage for youth? yikes. that’s even worse (or just as bad anyways) than BC’s former “training wage” of $2 less for the first 500 hours at a person’s first ever job.
I’d have to say it’s so much worse than that. I mean there’s been a similar policy to the british columbia one in new zealand since 2008-ish, and it’s generally considered to represent progress from a baseline similar to the current australian legislation.
here, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been working full time since you were fifteen (unlikely, but legal in most places in australia), you’ll still get significantly less than the minimum wage until you’re twenty.
here’s the minimum wage payscale:
For junior employees, the minimum rates are:
- Under 16 years of age $5.71
- At 16 years of age $7.34
- At 17 years of age $8.96
- At 18 years of age $10.59
- At 19 years of age $12.80
- At 20 years of age $15.15.
For apprentices, the rates are:
- Year 1 of apprenticeship $9.93
- Year 2 of apprenticeship $11.74
- Year 3 of apprenticeship $14.45
- Year 4 of apprenticeship $17.16.
via fair work ombudsman.
plus there’s some weirdness with “adjusted minimum wages” for people with disabilities which it’s hard to get solid numbers on.
having said that, $15 is a pretty high minimum wage by global standards. on the other hand, the cost of living is also high, and a lot of people (especially people with visa restrictions on their working hours) don’t get anything close to the legal minimum.