Chart of the Day – Wages outstripping inflation, Ctd

Yesterday I blogged about the EPMU using wages rises as a justification to jack up their wages.

Predictably The Standard leapt on my post as a justification for joining a union. Indeed just the other night Darien Fenton made a claim that joining union meant bigger pay rises than not joining. Unfortunately they are both wrong.

Average hourly earnings are currently $26.56 an hour (these are the latest stats from Statistics NZ, for the December quarter of 2011).

Five years ago they were $22.42 an hour (the December quarter of 2006).

That is an increase of 18.5%. So if EPMU members have only got a 17% increase they are behind the game.

More to the point Labour campaigned during the election that inflation was outstripping wages by a factor of four to one, as we can see from the handy graphs produced by Labour affiliate the EPMU that was a lie.

You have to also ask why the EPMU is jacking up their fees at the same time as making staff redundant and handing back leased cars?

Is it because they need to recover the tens of thousands donated to the Labour party at the last election, along with all the time, and petrol from their workers.

Perhaps they could more truthfully describe the fee increases and the Labour Levy?


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