The bruvvas are shafting their sisters

Caption: Orright, bruvvas, we need ter get a few sheilas in. Fer diversity an’ stuff.

As Mark Latham once said, Labor leader Bill Shorten is a “non-event”, who only tackles easy “flim-flam” issues which excite the latte belt, but are of no interest to the hoi polloi. A republic, indigenous “recognition”, and so on. Now Labor’s has added the so-called “gender pay-gap” to their agenda of passionate commitment to meaningless symbolism.

Never mind that there is no such thing. There’s no non-issue so meaningless that Labor won’t tub-thump about it. If they have to, they’ll just make stuff up. Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek resorted to the absurd argument that a childcare worker earning $20 an hour, while a sheet metal worker earns $40, is some sort of massive patriarchal plot.

So it’s a bit embarrassing for them, to find that their own members are presiding over a staggering pay gap of their own. Quote:

New analysis of Australia’s highest paid union officials has debunked the movement’s claims to be champions of pay equity, revealing women hold less than a third of top-ranking union ­positions and are being paid on average $36,000 a year less than their male counterparts.

A new Menzies Research Centre study has revealed the gender pay gap across the five highest paid positions in each of Australia’s largest unions now sits at 20.38 per cent. The study by the Liberal Party-aligned think tank is based on salary disclosures made to the Registered Organisations Commission. It shows top male officials earned an average salary of $199,580 in the past financial year, compared with $162,669 for women. End of quote.

This is par for the course with Labor, though, where hypocrisy is the rule. The “worker’s party” is comprised almost entirely of middle-class silvertails in shiny new hi-vis vests for photo ops. The closest they’ve ever come to manual labour is changing the paper in the photocopier at head office. Shorten bangs on about “fairness”, even though he personally shafted the lowest-paid workers in the country.

You could be excused for concluding that the bruvvas in da movement are shafting the girls in the office, too. But it’s really a reflection of how differently men and women work. Quote:

[Menzies Research Centre research fellow John] Slater argues the union pay gap is consistent with other industries in which working hours are long and unpredictable…“It is entirely consistent with the wealth of evidence that one of the key drivers of the gender pay gap is that fewer women are prepared to work jobs requiring long and ­unpredictable hours of work. Addressing the reasons that lead women to opt for more stable but lower-paying jobs is an issue worthy of serious discussion.” End of quote.

Yes, well, there’s the problem: Bill Shorten doesn’t do serious discussion. Neither does the rest of the Labor movement. Far easier to babble excuses and peddle irrelevant symbolism. Quote:

An ACTU spokesman defended the organisation and unions as pioneers of gender equity.

“The Australian union movement have been trailblazers for gender equity in Australia…Our secretary is a woman and our president is a woman. Four of our eight vice-presidents are women, as are 37 of the 62 members of the ACTU executive. Of the 793 delegates who attended our 2018 congress — the highest decision-making body of the union movement — 47 per cent were women.” End of quote.

All that means is that the quota hires at the ACTU aren’t putting in the hours, like the merit-based appointments (although, talking about “merit” as regards the ACTU is a bit like discussing legs and fishes).

But even a few high-profile diversity hires can’t hide the gender imbalance at Trades Hall. Quote:

The analysis also revealed that females make up just 28 per cent of top paid staff across the union movement, which puts its gender representation on par with the Coalition’s federal cabinet, in which females make up 26 per cent of members. The union movement is also outdone by the ASX100. Females make up 30 per cent of all directors in the nation’s top 100 companies.

Victorian CFMEU construction assistant secretary Shaun Reardon said union officials were trying to address the gender balance among their top-ranked officials. End of quote.

Too right, bruvvas: someone’s got to bring the tea and bikkies for the lads, during the shop steward meetings. Apparently, the only thing that’s stopping the boys getting in more sheilas is that they don’t make hi-vis short skirts.


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