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Strike Halts Australian Banknote Production
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:23:27 PM »
Australia's bank note printers heed wage call - and strike

Swati Pandey

Australia has stopped printing bank notes for the first time in a century after workers employed by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) took a lead from the bank's governor and went on strike for a bigger wage rise.

With wage growth in Australia crawling around the slowest pace on record, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor Philip Lowe recently called on workers to demand fatter pay hikes.

He told lawmakers that average annual wage increases need to be around 3.5 percent to achieve average inflation of 2.5 percent, the middle of the bank's target.

Workers at Note Printing Australia (NPA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RBA, stopped work on Friday, demanding a 3.5 percent pay rise, rather than the industry average rate of 2 percent the central bank is offering.

"If it is so important to lift wages across the economy then here is a rolled-gold opportunity for the Reserve Bank to show some leadership," said Tony Piccolo, regional secretary of print division at the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.

"Governor Lowe needs to practice what he preaches."

Piccolo said this is the first time the printing of Australian banknotes has been interrupted by industrial action in 107 years.

The RBA declined to comment on an ongoing matter.

The last time wages grew as fast as 3.5 percent was in the third quarter of 2012.

Source: MSN (Original story by Reuters)
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Re: Strike Halts Australian Banknote Production
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2018, 04:36:51 PM »
The governor doesn't know his economics. If wages go up while there is little or no inflation, the result is either firings and lower production or - if production is pretty fixed - firings and export of the activity to a low wage country. If the government can stop both, the result will be higher cost, financed by taxpayers. If printers were well paid already, inequality of income will increase, giving a boost to populism at the margin. Only if they were paid below normal, there is a happy outcome. If the governor was only joking he should be sent to New Guinea to have his head shrunk. :)

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