Is Matt McCarten the employers secret weapon?

Matt McCarten whines about the “living wage”:

When I entered the workforce in 1980, a Kiwi worker was paid the same as an Australian for a similar job. Now our average wage is 20 per cent less in real terms. Interestingly, our minimum wage of $13.50 is 30 per cent less. Australia’s minimum, in our money, is $20.35. Even adjusting for their living costs, it’s $16.28 – $110 more a week for a full-time worker. 

Far be it for me to point out the obvious but Matty seems to equate his entering the workforce with the decline in relative  wages.


Given he’s a Union leader perhaps he might like to reflect on the abject failure he’s actually been in his job…as real wages have dropped on his watch as union strong man.


I can’t wait to listen to Radio Live on Thursday when I fully expect Matthew Hooton to outrageously suggest, live on air, that though he is a shameless corporate whore, it is in fact Matt McCarten who is the employer’s secret weapon.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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