Economy

Jun 12, 2014

Retail, labour, and getting what you wish for

The state of retail isn't as bad as business likes to make out -- and any fault lies with governments and poor management as much as high labour costs, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Judging by the continuing complaints from business and its media mouthpieces, Australian retailers are doing it tough and need help from government to fight nasty unions, workers who foolishly value their weekends, internet competition and evil invaders from offshore. And once he’d got his feet under the desk, Treasurer Joe Hockey asked the Productivity Commission in April to go off and look at the cost structure of retail and how it fared against foreign competition. The PC last looked at retail in 2011; since then, foreign competition has risen along with the dollar, and consumer demand has continued to change — most significantly in the shift to food consumption.

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3 thoughts on “Retail, labour, and getting what you wish for

  1. klewso

    So they’ll ignore this one?

  2. StefanL

    Imagine how low the demand for fancy stuff would be if we were on Gina’s preferred wage of $2 per day.

  3. AR

    A body-form tee-shirt with epulets?

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