FIRST Union wants supermarkets to pay the same wage but doesn’t mention competitive pricing

November 16, 2014

Alf seems to be missing something about that wonderful element in our economy called free enterprises.

This is the idea that one business can compete with another by offering better quality, or lower prices, and so on.

It requires business people to strive for efficiencies to trim their costs.

Labour costs are part of this.

But the FIRST Union apparently would prefer all supermarkets to pay much the same wages.

Presumably it expects them to charge the same prices, too.

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No, we aren’t all at fault for dangerous forests and headline writers who say otherwise should be sacked

November 1, 2014
If people stay out they won't be hurt.

If people stay out they won’t be hurt.

Alf will be taking up the matter of a new law to punish headline writers who mislead their readers.

We already have laws to deal with misleading advertising.

Why not laws to deal with misleading headlines?

The thought has crossed Alf’s mind on many previous occasions, but was reignited by something he spotted in the NZ Herald today:

Dangerous forests everyone’s fault: report

“Bugger me,” your hard-working member was prompted to fret.

“What have I done to make our forests dangerous?”

The answer, of course, is nothing and he soon became irked that he had needlessly suffered pangs of guilt.

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