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Archive for December, 2014

A Case for Pay Transparency in the Workplace

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

My childhood was frittered away in a heavily unionised industrial town where workers had a good idea of standard weekly pay rates. Overtime and staggered shift work offered up big money to a willing worker. Or somebody could languish on the day shift earning a fraction of that amount. Pay transparency offered the worker a choice. Effort for reward.

My adult work background is one where the wages have also been transparent. As a junior sales assistant in a department store the wage was identical to my peers. As a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy we enjoyed the same pay transparency. On fishing boats the deckhands knew the wage/share of each crew member; working for Government there were fixed pay rates and as a freelance web developer I’d often discuss pay rates with other freelance developers.

If I haven’t known the take-home pay of my peers, I’ve at least had some idea of their hourly rate and general remuneration package.

So I’ve never perceived pay rates as intrinsically private information in the workplace. And I’m not shy to ask somebody how they are remunerated… especially post-MBA, because remuneration is closely aligned to perceptions of equity. And, if I did do a PhD at any point in the future, equity is something that I could chew my gums on for three long years.

On the other side of that pay transparency discussion is a purely private sector view that pay rates should be (and are) sacrosanct secrets. And, like NPR’s Planet Money episode titled When Salaries aren’t Secret reminds us – whoever has the most information in a negotiation nearly always comes out way in front. Because information really is power. In pay negotiations the management knows everything; the candidate knows zero. It’s not an equitable competition.

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Anti-Halal Boycotters Certainly Fund Terrorism

Monday, December 1st, 2014

There is a growing wave of Australians opposed to the idea of Halal Certification and they claim it funds terrorism. A total crock of rubbish. You want to know what funds terrorism and you want to stop funding it? Oil. That means giving up all THIS STUFF MADE WITH OIL and more. Terrorists aren’t funded by Halal Certification; they are funded in part by our lifestyle.

So if you want to stop funding terrorism then I suggest you stop buying fuel and driving that motor vehicle. I’d throw away all that plastic in your life. Paint. Oil filters. Aspirin. Hair Dye. Cortisone. Floor wax. Putty. Balloons. Crayons. Ammonia. Asphalt. Here’s another PARTIAL LIST OF OIL PRODUCTS and YET ANOTHER SMALL LIST and some Wikipedia goodness on petroleum products. The point of those links is to get the reader to realise that we are tied into the Oil Age on Planet Earth.

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

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