The Colonial Australian Governement's Oppressive Wage Policy Needs to Be Changed NowMarch 31 2010 at 3:44 PM
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The Australian Governement's Oppressive Wage Policy Needs to Be Changed Now and THE BOTTOM LINE IS QUITE SIMPLE - INCREASE LOCAL WAGES
No score for this post January 31 2010, 3:05 PM
The bottom lines are quite clear and simple.... INCREASE THE LOCAL WAGES
The foreigners who come to work in PNG are usually paid at International rates that are much higher than "indegenous" Papua New Guineans. Amounting to at least 10x more than Papua New Guineans. This gives them a head start with saving and investing in a business in PNG.
How then can you as a middle class PNGean start a business when you earn K35,000 to K75000 compared to your foreign counterparts earning K250,000 to K600,000. Why, we cant even afford to buy a decent house to start off with.
Even our expatriate counterparts have expenses comparable to our wantok system, their mortgages, alimonies (in a world or soaring divorce rates and associated maintenance payments)and holiday plans etcetera. But their earnings alone gives them more room to manouvre financially.
Why do we have to be paid such a very low unfair wage? its anybody's guess. Perhaps the politicians can answer that.
Increase the basic PNG wages by at least 5x and give the "indegenous" Papua New Guineans a competitive edge. We need a break from this viscious "low wage-no opportunity cysle" in our life time
low wages is not our lot in life contrary to what our preachers and their like minded politicians and older Papua New Guineans (heavily influenced by the former colonial masters) like to emphasize.
We the younger Papua New Guineans need a break from this viscious "low wage-no opportunity cysle" in our life time
The extremely low PNG wages are a leftover from the oppressive Australian colonial administration's strategy to keep PNGeans in a perpetually lowly oppressed state