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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  • Apolonia

    Has Matt paid his tax yet?

    • Not that I’m aware of

      • Dave

        Just perhaps…….. If Matt and all the unions and sub branches, all paid their taxes, perhaps the government would have more funds, and those funds could be spent, yunno to develop the economy and develop jobs, create demand, which in turn lead to more demand for workers, just like in Aussie, as the demand rises, so does the basic wage. Maybe just maybe, that might be why the base wage in Aussie is higher than in NZ.

        PS Matt. The cost of living in Aussie is higher than in NZ.

        Lesson in economics -101 for Mr McCarten, Authorised by Dave.

    • Owl

      Still has outstanding accounts…owl has a expose coming on this unite union who has set up a charity

      • Mr Sackunkrak

        What is it with lefties, always exploiting the rules to suit themselves while they argue for more rules for the rest of us. Cunts, the lot of them.

        • blokeintakapuna

          Cunts are usefull though…

  • johnbronkhorst

    Didn’t an international body just do a productivity survey last year? That score Australia 91 out of a possible 100 and New Zealand about 81? Maybe we need to work harder to get more money.? Just a radicale idea!!

    • Hazards001

      Yeah, but the ones doing all the productivity in Oz are kiwis.

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Yeah ok Matt, but have you paid your tax? Or are you still taking your “living wage” off the rest of us. Cunt.

  • J.M

    $13.50 ain’t much I suppose, but it could be a lot worse. Last time I was in regional Japan, I saw a lot of part time jobs advertised at 650-700 yen an hour ($8-9)

    • RockyFist

      $13.50 is more than enough for these lazy cunts who couldn’t be bothered turning up to school, to work hard and to better themselves and now they are crying woe-is-me. Lucky to get $13.50 if you ask me.

  • Agent BallSack

    Matt misses the most important point – You have to put up with Australians.

  • Willard79

    The fact is, in some sectors, aussie has priced itself out of the market, it’s just too expensive to do busuness there. So now a whole lot of ‘highly paid’ workers are redundant and their sectors of work are in decline and will remain so until salaries and fee structures correct themselves. The grass ain’t that much greener….plus it’s aussie.

  • Troy

    McCarten whinges about anything that celebrates innovation and success. It’s been his downfall for years as he thinks the state owes everybody everything, even if bludgers don’t lift a finger to help themselves. His argument re: wages is fallacious. Perhaps he can dream up multiple numbers of quarries and mines in NZ that provide our Kiwi’s with the same fortunes as that which have provided for Aussie he will be happy. Unfortunately he is a dreamer living in a dream world. He continues to be a left-wing loonie devoid of reality and that’s never going to change.

    • blokeintakapuna

      McCarten only makes Key & National look extra awesome by comparison. McCarten is finally being held up as an Example… A fuckin’ real bad example.

  • JC

    “When I entered the workforce in 1980, a Kiwi worker was paid the same as an Australian for a similar job.”

    Indeed. Muldoon was well on the way to a national debt of 75% of GDP to try and keep worker parity with Australia and other nations without making the sacrifices other nations had made to make sustainable growth.. in short we were broke and borrowing to keep up with the Jones’ in addition to gambling with taxpayer money on “Think Big”.

    In short, Matt entered the workforce at a time when NZ was at its then lowest moral and ethical nadir equivalent to the drunk spending most of the family income on booze and desperately trying to put food on the table by gambling the rest on the horses. McCarten never outgrew the additions.


    • JC

      “additions” agh.. “addictions”

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Matt is a winner folks. Any rubbish he writes gets published in newspaper. How many of you can say that?