May 28th, 2005, 04:52 AM
Whos to blame??
Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying australian JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in Australia.....
May 28th, 2005, 04:55 AM
the above was sent to me in an email this week that is circulating. i found it really interesting and quite true (esp since in the past i have definatly been an unemployed aussie).
it really made me think about our government and the way we create industry down here and our reliance on so many others for services and goods. yet we have the resources and potential to do all we want, we would not have to trade with anyone. Just odd really.
and its funny but if you look at the countries mentioned above, well many of them have a stronger work ethic than many of the average aussies, perhaps that is our downfall, where jsut to darn lazy and dont give a crap........hmmmm interesting. food for thought
May 28th, 2005, 08:08 AM
Mel,soo true,I do my best trying to buy Canadian made products,but often the bottom-line wins...
I put the blame on manufacturers moving their business to China,India etc..without any thought,or loyalty to their Canadian workers,often entire small towns are totally dependent on one business and everyone suffers greatly when greed takes over and the company moves to a foreign place where the going wage is $100/month!
May 28th, 2005, 09:05 AM
You could replace 'Aussie' and put almost all G8 countries. . .
Its so expensive to OWN/run a business, that manufacturing abroad is sometimes the only option to keep your doors open!
I, like Chico, try to buy local/Canadian whenever I can but when the price is sometimes 2, 3, 4 or more times higher - its hard to justify spending the extra Dosh!
Especially since right now I'm a 'Canadian Unemployeed'
:ca: :ca: Oh, Canada!?! :ca: :ca:
May 28th, 2005, 12:48 PM
In our town, and the town next door, you could get a job tomorrow if you were willing to work for minimum wage which is $5.15 an hour. No one wants to work the hamburger joint or ice cream shop anymore - even the teenagers want to earn at least $10 an hour! If you can't afford to pay an employee enough to keep them, then you can't keep your doors open even if you have customers. You expect teenagers to want those jobs because of flexible hours and such - but they don't want them and an adult can't afford to work there because they won't make enough to pay the bills. What really chaps my butt though is that some of the people I work with have this attitude where they think that they should get huge raises every year. We get awesome benefits - health insurance for us and spouse; retirement that only they pay into every month; vision insurance, holiday's up the wazoo, and 2 weeks off at Christmas that doesn't come off our vacation days or anything, we just get it. I don't get those people. They think that they could make more money if they were in the oil fields (one of the biggest industries around here) and they probably could make more an hour - but they definitely wouldn't get any where near the paid days off a year or the benefits - and I've never heard of anyone getting their hand chopped off by a computer! I am happy as a clam to have my job - and I'll stay there until I retire! Which at the rate I'm going, might be in 20 years or so - **sigh*
May 28th, 2005, 03:55 PM
Well, if you go looking for a job in JEANS, chances are you won't find one... ;)
But I get what your point is. Too bad the masses prefer price over ethical issues. :sad:
May 28th, 2005, 07:00 PM
actualy when i posted it i thught you could propbably replace aussie with any other country really, its funny isnt it. but i agree chico, the government should take more responsibility for our industries, grrr.
Kandy: i love your saying 'what really chaps my butt' i tell you i laughed hard at that one.
i have a broter who is sort of unemloyed, well he did not lift a finger for more than 7yrs and has jsut sarted working 1 day a week. the lazy little youknowwhatsit is complaining that he only gets $20 an hour :eek: and he thinks since the work is hard he deserves more, well welcome to the real world buddy, its jsut unbelieable. i have worked jobs for less than $4 an hour, yep picking grapes at the end of season, but as long as im earning mroe than the fuel it takes to get there, i do it :rolleyes: my brother is the classis dole bludger *sigh*, but me i'll work for almost anything for the money.
JDG- it sucks beng unemployed, i know how you feel, hang in there mate, it will happen :D
May 28th, 2005, 07:26 PM
I have been looking for a job since Christmas. I could probably get one at Meijers (a big chain store) but they pay $6.15 to start and if your really lucky you might get more then 20 hours a week. That is $123.00 before taxes. Why bother? (Bear in mind, the last REAL job I had, I made over $500.oo before taxes.)
I say BLAME GEORGE BUSH!!!
May 28th, 2005, 07:46 PM
I know what you mean. My SO had a very hard time finding a job. He was working in installing sattilites which payed ok, but the demand has just about disapeared so he had to find another job. Now he is an assistant manager at Dominos Pizza. first he started as a driver and only made 5.15 an hour now he makes 8.25 and works 45 hours a week. He has to suport himself with this, it's next to impossible. I make 10 an hour (lucked out on finding a job) 20 hours a week and we have to live with my parents because we can't afford to live on our own. I would like to have children but that can't happen for years because we can't affored children. Tomas has been looking for a better job but there just simply arn't any. in todays world you just about need a college degree just to work at a fast food resturante, seriously there is a driver working for tomas that has a bacholors degree in phsycology and cna't find work in his field anywhere.
May 29th, 2005, 09:26 AM
I think it's a sad state of affairs today and I feel for many young people starting off,most are not going to have the chances to work themselves up like my generation did.
Not everyone is lazy and the main reason for working,is to be able to make a decent living.
The part-time trend started a few years back,the only reason being(at least in Canada)not having to pay benefits etc...
Loyalty to a hard-working employee is mostly out the window,if a buck can be saved.
We will have a shortage of tradespeople,carpenters,electricians,plumbers etc...all well paying jobs,but unfortunately,many young people do not want a physical job.
Apprentice-ships are the way to go,since IT-specialists are a dime a dozen.
I know a young nurse who is fed up,she was hired because of a shortage of nurses,now our gov,once again is talking about lay-offs and she's had enough,I can't say I blame her,it's a shame!!
May 29th, 2005, 11:54 PM
If I can't get a good job in Biology, I'm thinking of plumbing... It's the 24 hour a day jobs that turn me off though. I have a family here... I don't like being away from them at all, let alone at 4 AM because someone couldn't flush. :rolleyes:
When I was in high school, they said we'd have 4 career changes in our lifetime. Now it's 13. CAREER changes... Hard to believe my grandfather had the same job with Robin Hood for 50 years. :eek:
May 29th, 2005, 11:59 PM
Tomas would gladly take a physical job, unfortunetly he needs to go to school for that. He just had to stop going to school because he couldn't affored it. He's hopeing to get a better job so that way he can go to night classes. He's suposed to be getting a general manager position soon (send good vibes) and then he'll be able to go back to school, but he might have to wait until I'v finished college. In todays world it's like next to impossible to put yourslef through school. Unfortunetly neither my parents or especially his parents can affored to help us. My mother is doing the best she can by letting us live here for only 400 a month, but that is all she can do to help. If he doesn't get a better job soon I just don't know what we'll do.
Sorry got a little off topic but it sort of relates, and it feels good to get it out.
May 30th, 2005, 03:13 AM
jackie please feel free to let it out, and it was in no way off topic, were discussing unemployment which is certainyl the theme of your reply. if it helps we are glad to listen and jsut be here. i understand the trials of the unemployed so my heart goes out to you.
just remember that things generally work out, fate has a way of stepping in at some stage. and hey youve got love, and if it survives these sort of trials your a very lucky lady, a wonderful family by the sounds (you lucky duck) and all your wonderful friends here. so your on your way there, just wait and it will soon all work out.
where here for you friend :grouphug: :grouphug: its funny how we can be so close in some ways here, and we are mostly a very loving and kind mob, please vent any time...... :grouphug: :love:
May 30th, 2005, 08:41 AM
Prin,sometimes we have to do what we have to,not always what we want...my husband is about to retire,but he has worked nights for 25yrs,working for a newspaper there was not much choice.
But we do not regret it for a minute,money was excellent and he did advance to a high position.
You adjust to whatever you have to,sacrifices sometimes have to be made,to make a good living.
It just so happened my husband liked working nights,as we had the days to spend together and he has a 4 day workweek,but in the beginning with 3 kids,it was difficult to get used to...but,we do what we have to do,for the good of our families.