World’s Richest Woman Says Workers Should Work for $2 Per Day
The world’s richest woman, Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart, is again making the news, this time by suggesting that workers in Australia should be willing to work for $2 per day in order to compete with workers in poor countries:
We must be realistic, not just promote class warfare. Indeed, if we competed at the Olympic games as sluggishly as we compete economically, there would be an outcry.
The evidence is unarguable that Australia is indeed becoming too expensive and too uncompetitive to do export- orientated business. Africans want to work. Its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future.
Rinehart is in favor of lowering Australia’s minimum wage so that their workers are more competitive with workers in poor countries.
It never occurs to Rinehart that the reason African workers are willing to work for such paltry wages is because she and her ilk are hoarding billions of dollars. If the wealth were fairly distributed, then no one would be forced to work for $2 per day.
Rinehart made news last week when she said that poor people are poor because they’re lazy drunks:
If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.
This whole pull yourself up by your bootstraps message is all well and good until you learn that Rinehart never did any such thing. She inherited a $30 billion dollar mining empire from her family, and doesn’t know a thing about what it means to build your own wealth or make your own money.
Also, discussions about discipline seem strange coming from a woman who has obviously missed more gym sessions than she has meals. But Rinehart doesn’t expect that she should be required to live by rules. Rules, like low wages, are for poor people.
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