The Western Australian “99%” protest higher wages for state’s low income earners

The Western Australian “99%” protest higher wages for state’s low income earners

23 January, 2015. 15:10

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact

Civil engineers and geologists from Hancock Prospecting joined the protest an hour ago. PHOTO:  PerthNow
Civil engineers and geologists from Hancock Prospecting joined the protest an hour ago. PHOTO: PerthNow

THE “one-percent” of Western Australia launched a campaign this morning to better the work conditions of the state’s lowest paid workers.

This has sparked outrage among the remaining 99% of the WA’s workforce, which says the greedy “one-percenters” should either “get a better job” or move away.

A small demonstration has begun at Russell Square, in central Perth – where the state’s 99% have rallied together to voice their concerns about the poor receiving more money.

Ninety-nine percent of those employed in WA are earning almost $850 a week more than those in the next best State or Territory in the latest evidence of how the mining boom helps people find their fortune.

Senior executives from Rio Tinto (pictured) walked off the job today to protest measures that will improve working conditions for the state's poorest workers. PHOTO: NewZulu
Senior executives from Rio Tinto (pictured) walked off the job today to protest measures that will improve working conditions for the state’s poorest workers. PHOTO: NewZulu

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics also reveal that 99% of workers of the state’s workers earn more than $7000 a week. But doctors continue to be in WA’s best-paid profession, with male medicos earning on average $8213 a week or almost $420,000 a year.

The “one-percent” of these workers are making far, far less.

In WA, the 99% of workers earn over 90% of the income – leaving those occupied in less-interesting and menial jobs in sectors such as hospitality and babysitting are left to form the state’s “working poor”.

Membership to the hospitality union, United Voice, has continued to rise steadily of the past decade – with over 67 members joining since 2007.

“What those “99% bastards” don’t understand is that the world needs low-paid workers to keep the wheels turning,” said one United Voice rep.

“So far, we’ve been able to unionise two Perth hotels – which protect Aussie jobs from backpackers and money hungry pigs from the top end,”

“It’s about time those fat cats shared the mineral pie with WA’s downtrodden.” he said.

The protests are set to continue through the night – as more of the state’s rich flock to Perth to protest.

 

 

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