When you think of fair pay, what would you actually work for if pushed?
Your idea of this might be thrown up in the air a bit if you read the business article on News.com.au last week about the guy fined $335,000 for underpaying staff and instead offering them pizza and soft drink…
“SHOCK HORROR THAT’S NOT FAIR PAY”, I hear some of you cry.
(sorry for shouting)
Well, I’m hear to tell you that if I would like to be paid in pepperoni or pizza or food or any other commodity rather than flat currency, shouldn’t that be my choice?
Apparently according to the article the actual reality is I don’t have a choice in the matter – I have to be paid how the law and a magistrate wants me to be paid. The article doesn’t mention a single thing about what the employees thought about what they think fair pay is.
I understand that the courts want to ensure a policy of compliance is upheld, but if the workers wanted to be paid in food discounts then I see no problem with this and the law courts should find other more pressing concerns to address.
I have been in the restaurant business, having helped my father run many Chinese restaurants. Staff members loved the food and would often times ask us for advances in wages so they could purchase food from us. They would even ask that we deduct the amount owing from their wages.
Technically, I’ll give you, it may be wrong, but “technically” people caught with small amounts of marijuana should be in jail and they’re not because the police maintain a soft approach to this kind of low level crime.
A $335,000 fine is a gigantic sum for a small to medium business owner and particularly rankles when the authorities are happy to issue such a large fine to a small business yet a slew of corporations are hiding millions or even billions offshore.
I feel the law courts are confused and don’t understand the pulse of the nation.