Three low paid American workers on an Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)-funded visit are warning Australians of the dangers of non-unionised workplaces.
ACTU president Sharan Burrow said the three Americans were an example of what Australians could expect in the future.
One of them, Iris Flores, works as a full-time bus driver for $US10.89 ($A12.86) an hour and a part-time cleaner for $US8 ($A9.45) an hour for up to 14 hours a day without annual leave, sick leave or private health cover.
Her daughter works at a restaurant for $US2.50 ($A2.95) an hour.
If this is the best the ACTU can come up with, they should really just disband.
Firstly and most obviously, Restaurant waitresses earn tips in the US, which they do not in Australia. Tips are the majority of their income. If anything, service workers in the US earn more in total than what they do in Australia.
Secondly, they completely ignore purchasing power parity. Everything is simply a lot cheaper in the US. Literally everything. A dollar earned there buys more than it does here.
I learned that concept in year 11 Economics class. Obviously everyone at the ACTU dropped out in year 10.