Topic archives: wages growth

The 10 truths Malcolm Turnbull can’t utter

June 18, 2018 20

For all his power, there are certain truths Malcolm Turnbull can't admit for fear of infuriating the right.

Tapering jobs growth kills wage growth hopes

June 15, 2018 14

The peak of the jobs boom is behind us. If wages haven't started growing strongly by now, they're hardly likely to do so in coming months.

Reserve Bank confirms wage stagnation dragging down economy

and June 14, 2018 34

"Don't mention industrial relations" appears to be the mantra for policymakers as they try to explain why wage stagnation is weighing down the economy so heavily.

Media’s obsession with symptoms, not the disease, is failing Australia

June 5, 2018 31

Australians are ill-served by a media that focuses only on the surface and not on the depths; on the symptoms and not the disease producing them.

New data suggests economy is travelling well — but what about wages?

and June 1, 2018

Economic data this week suggests there's still plenty of life in housing construction as well as growing business investment.

Want to fix endless wage stagnation? Go on strike.

May 18, 2018 8

It's hard to see how any long-term return to higher wages growth will be achieved without a significant rise in strikes, which have been at historically low levels for many years.

A million jobs created despite so-called ‘punitive’ company tax

and May 18, 2018 23

The government is justifiably proud of its employment achievements -- but it's been done without a company tax cut, and it hasn't helped wages.

Wage stagnation is a major failing of our governing class

and May 17, 2018 8

Policymakers, refusing to accept that their wage growth thinking is deeply flawed, serve nothing but the interests of profitable corporations.

Wage growth shocker leaves workers struggling to keep up

and May 16, 2018 6

Another bad wages growth number shows Australian workers struggling to keep ahead of inflation, and in some major sectors, going backwards, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

US wage growth falls as the Trump buyback bonanza continues

May 14, 2018 6

As wages growth sputters in the US amidst the biggest share buyback boom in history, the Financial Review finally acknowledges reality on company tax cuts.

New Zealand shows the path ahead on wages growth — and it’s not upward

and May 3, 2018 14

The New Zealand economy is at full employment but wages aren't budging -- suggesting the optimism about wages growth in Australia is ill-founded.

Weakening jobs market bodes poorly for wages

and April 23, 2018 8

The strong jobs growth of 2017 is now in the rear-view mirror, meaning wages growth is unlikely to pick up. But workforce participation is at an all-time high.

No, the wages drought isn’t ‘over’. In fact, things have gotten worse.

and April 12, 2018 9

Contrary to the impression given by the head of the Reserve Bank, there's little positive in recent wages growth data -- and what little there is is hardly cause for celebration.

Scenes from a wage case

March 16, 2018 7

Retailers, apparently oblivious to irony or self-preservation, want wages cut because people aren't spending much in shops.

While we obsess over scandal, what’s happening on policy?

March 1, 2018 13

While the governing class examines its own navel for scandal, what's happening on the most important policy issues?

Australian companies are winning the war on your pay

and February 22, 2018 5

East coast workers' real wages have gone backwards or stood still under Malcolm Turnbull. Only the generous Victorian government is propping up wages growth.

Shorten wage growth strategy is smarter, more traditional than it looks

January 31, 2018 6

Labor has thrown down the gauntlet to employers, in effect saying if they want to return to centralised wage-fixing then that can be used to lift wages.

Business cockiness further undermines government’s wage fantasy

January 24, 2018 7

A major employer survey makes a mockery of the government's insistence wages growth is going to start any day now.

Aldi and its employer mates are hell-bent on keeping your wages low

January 17, 2018 8

Employers remain committed to undermining wages growth despite the evidence that wage stagnation is undermining both the economy and our political system.

We’ve achieved a ‘flexible economy’, but at what cost?

December 7, 2017 3

Much of the big surge in jobs growth this year has come in the health sector. But it also appears to be the result of a flexible economy -- and while we've always been told that's good, it comes with its own problems.