Useful hypocrite, Greg Jericho, deepens worker betrayal

The reason we give Greg Jericho such a hard time is that it is obvious that he knows the truth about Australia’s rampaging class war. More than any other media commentator he gets that living standards are falling in an unprecedented fashion:

Given that in the past year inflation grew by 1.9%, it means that in September the real average compensation per employee went backwards:

In real terms, the average compensation per employee is at 2010 levels, and so too is the real gross disposable household income per capita:

It means that, even during a period of extremely strong employment growth, household living standards went backwards, and they are continuing to do so now that employment growth is slowing.

It begs the even more worrying question of where this leaves us should the economy itself begin to slow – especially if due to a shock from overseas.

You won’t see those charts anywhere else other than MB. Jericho knows Aussie households are being systematically reamed. Which is why it so destructive (and hypocritical) that he point blank refuses to discuss the primary cause:

Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate – must be treated with extreme care by politicians and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable. The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their fires of hate.

Below are key excepts from recent high-powered research entitled Temporary migrant workers (TMWs), underpayment and predatory business models, written by Iain Campbell:

This chapter argues that the expansion of temporary labour migration is a significant development in Australia and that it has implications for wage stagnation…

Three main facts about their presence in Australia are relevant to the discussion of wage stagnation. First, there are large numbers of TMWs in Australia, currently around 1.2 million persons. Second, those numbers have increased strongly over the past 15 years. Third, when employed, many TMWs are subject to exploitation, including wage payments that fall below — sometimes well below — the minimum levels specified in employment regulation…

One link to slow wages growth, as highlighted by orthodox economics, stems from the simple fact of increased numbers, which add to labour supply and thereby help to moderate wages growth. This chapter argues, however, that the more salient point concerns the way many TMWs are mistreated within the workplace in industry sectors such as food services, horticulture, construction, personal services and cleaning. TMW underpayments, which appear both widespread in these sectors and systemic, offer insights into labour market dynamics that are also relevant to the general problem of slow wages growth…

Official stock data indicate that the visa programmes for international students, temporary skilled workers and working holiday makers have tripled in numbers since the late 1990s… In all, the total number of TMWs in Australia is around 1.2 million persons. If we include New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, who can enter Australia under a special subclass 444 visa, without time limits on their stay and with unrestricted work rights (though without access to most social security payments), then the total is close to 2 million persons… TMWs now make up around 6% of the total Australian workforce…

Decisions by the federal Coalition government under John Howard to introduce easier pathways to permanent residency for temporary visa holders, especially international students and temporary skilled workers, gave a major impetus to TMW visa programmes.

Most international students and temporary skilled workers, together with many working holiday makers, see themselves as involved in a project of ‘staggered’ or ‘multi-step’ migration, whereby they hope to leap from their present status into a more long-term visa status, ideally permanent residency. One result, as temporary migration expands while the permanent stream remains effectively capped, is a lengthening queue of onshore applicants for permanent residency…

Though standard accounts describe Australian immigration as oriented to skilled labour, this characterisation stands at odds with the abundant evidence on expanding temporary migration and the character of TMW jobs. It is true that many TMWs, like their counterparts in the permanent stream, are highly qualified and in this sense skilled. However, the fact that their work is primarily in lower-skilled jobs suggests that it is more accurate, as several scholars point out, to speak of a shift in Australia towards a de facto low-skilled migration programme

A focus on raw numbers of TMWs may miss the main link to slow wages growth. It is the third point concerning underpayments and predatory business models that seems richest in implications. This point suggests, first and most obviously, added drag on wages growth in sectors where such underpayments and predatory business models have become embedded. If they become more widely practised, underpayments pull down average hourly wages. If a substantial number of firms in a specific labour market intensify strategies of labour cost minimisation by pushing wage rates below the legal floor, it can unleash a dynamic of competition around wage rates that foreshadows wage decline rather than wage growth for employees…

Increases in labour supply allow employers in sectors already oriented to flexible and low-wage employment, such as horticulture and food services, to sustain and extend strategies of labour cost minimisation… The arguments and evidence cited above suggest a spread of predatory business models within low-wage industries.37 They suggest an unfolding process of degradation in these labour markets…

And below are extracts from Chapter 14, entitled Is there a wages crisis facing skilled temporary migrants?, by Joanna Howe:

Scarcely a day goes by without another headline of wage theft involving temporary migrant workers…

In this chapter we explore a largely untold story in relation to temporary migrant workers… it exposes a very real wages crisis facing workers on the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (formerly the 457 visa) in Australia. This crisis has been precipitated by the federal government’s decision to freeze the salary floor for temporary skilled migrant workers since 2013… the government has chosen to put downward pressure on real wages for temporary skilled migrants, thereby surreptitiously allowing the TSS visa to be used in lower-paid jobs…

In Australia, these workers are employed via the TSS visa and they must be paid no less than a salary floor. This salary floor is called the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). TSMIT was introduced in 2009 in response to widespread concerns during the Howard Government years of migrant worker exploitation. This protection was considered important because an independent review found that many 457 visa workers were not receiving wages equivalent to those received by Australian workers…

In effect, TSMIT is intended to act as a proxy for the skill level of a particular occupation. It prevents unscrupulous employers misclassifying an occupation at a higher skill level in order to employ a TSS visa holder at a lower level…

TSMIT’s protective ability is only as strong as the level at which it is set. In its original iteration back in 2009, it was set at A$45 220. This level was determined by reference to average weekly earnings for Australians, with the intention that TSMIT would be pegged to this because the Australian government considered it ‘important that TSMIT keep pace with wage growth across the Australian labour market’. This indexation occurred like clockwork for five years. But since 1 July 2013, TSMIT has been frozen at a level of A$53 900. ..

There is now a gap of more than A$26 000 between the salary floor for temporary skilled migrant workers and annual average salaries for Australian workers. This means that the TSS visa can increasingly be used to employ temporary migrant workers in occupations that attract a far lower salary than that earned by the average Australian worker. This begs the question — is the erosion of TSMIT allowing the TSS visa to morph into a general labour supply visa rather than a visa restricted to filling labour market gaps in skilled, high-wage occupations?..

But why would employers go to all the effort of hiring a temporary migrant worker on a TSS visa over an Australian worker?

Renowned Australian demographer Graeme Hugo observed that employers ‘will always have a “demand” for foreign workers if it results in a lowering of their costs’.17 The simplistic notion that employers will only go to the trouble and expense of making a TSS visa application when they want to meet a skill shortage skims over a range of motives an employer may have for using the TSS visa. These could be a reluctance to invest in training for existing or prospective staff, or a desire to move towards a deunionised workforce. Additionally, for some employers, there could be a belief that, despite the requirement that TSS visa workers be employed on equivalent terms to locals, it is easier to avoid paying market salary rates and conditions for temporary migrant workers who have been recognised as being in a vulnerable labour market position. A recent example of this is the massive underpayments of chefs and cooks employed by Australia’s largest high-end restaurant business, Rockpool Dining Group, which found that visa holders were being paid at levels just above TSMIT but well below the award when taking into account the amount of overtime being done…

Put simply, temporary demand for migrant workers often creates a permanent need for them in the labour market. Research shows that in industries where employers have turned to temporary migrants en masse, it erodes wages and conditions in these industries over time, making them less attractive to locals…

A national survey of temporary migrant workers found that 24% of 457 visa holders who responded to the survey were paid less than A$18 an hour.  Not only are these workers not being paid in according with TSMIT, but they are also receiving less than the minimum wage. A number of cases also expose creative attempts by employers to subvert TSMIT. Given the challenges many temporary migrants face in accessing legal remedies, these cases are likely only scratching the surface in terms of employer non-compliance with TSMIT…

Combined, then, with the problems with enforcement and compliance, it is not hard to conclude that the failure to index TSMIT is contributing to a wages crisis for skilled temporary migrant workers… So the failure to index the salary floor for skilled migrant workers is likely to affect wages growth for these workers, as well as to have broader implications for all workers in the Australian labour market.

This is a disaster for Australian families, workers and households of all ethnicities, and for our political system as incumbent governments can’t hold polling together.

Come on, Greg, you have to tell your editor she has it WRONG. And if she won’t budge on her corrupt snowflake ideology then resign and tell the truth on your old blog.

If not, you’re not a useful idiot, you’re something even worse.


    • Even StevenMEMBER

      Speak for yourself. I believe in holding people to account for what they say.

      Perhaps you consider it… impolite?

    • I actually thought this was kinda good. An olive branch of sorts compared to the usual insults being slung at Greg. I’ve read Greg for years and I have a lot of time for him and his work. He has produced some great analysis over the years and just because there’s a disagreement over immigration, I don’t think it’s a good enough reason to scrap him. Minds can be changed if interpersonal conduct is cordial enough to permit effective communication.

      • FiftiesFibroShack

        Sure, this wasn’t as bad as some of the previous nonsense. I just find it pathetic. It comes across as a childish cry for attention.

  1. I’m quite confident Jericho and the treacherous progressive Left are not so much for massive immigration per se.
    I think it;s really about the composition, it is really about massive Third World immigration into Australia that is the motivation behind their apologist defense of Australia’s massive, ruinous immigration intake. They want to change our identity.

    I’m certain that if the composition of the massive immigration program was overwhelming of European ethnicity, rather than Third World, then the treacherous progressive Left, would never have supported the massive immigration levels we have today.
    They would be arguing for protection of jobs, wage levels, amenity and the Australian way of life, as the traditional Left and the unions did once upon a time.

  2. Dear Greg,

    thankyou for your generous contributions throughout the year to our bottom line, we are much richer again this year and our employee costs are down again, keep up the good work.
    Kind Regards

    Jerry Harvey, Harry Triguboff and Peter Scanlan.

  3. Well may evil may triumph if good men do nothing – but it sure get’s a leg up when the Greg Jericho’s of the world shine the devil’s shoes so that they can fall in love with their own reflection and taste of shoe polish.

    Greg Jericho’s ideology has provided the smokescreen for massive worker exploitation. Truly one of the most useful idiots in the pantheon of one-eyed ideologists put to work in the machinery of propaganda for his masters. Too high on his PC ego trip to see the massive social damage this has done, Greg has bitched and spat at those “racists” opposed to the cynical conflation of the ‘mass immigration’ lobby with multiculturalism. More than anyone he is responsible for driving people to the alt-right, which he will whine and bitch about impotently as if an innocent victim of roaming gangs of bigots. If there actually are any bigots involved he has done his part to create them.

    His ilk of cycloptic ideologues have badly betrayed Australia. Look at what you’ve enabled Greg Jericho. Read back on your phlegm, certainty and little moral lessons dispensed from astride your polyester PC steed. Yes, many of us have read them in despair and looked upon your smug image and seen the face of a new kind of evil; journalists more concerned for their own precious ideology and virtue than facts – especially unpleasant facts. For when the media becomes a pulpit journalism becomes a religion. But yet again, one suspects that Greg Jericho is no fan of empirical truth that does not suit him.

  4. Not 1.2 million TMV.
    We have 2.2 million Temporary Migrant Visa Guestworkers now onshore in a decade. Double. See the list below.

    2008 1.06 million TR.
    2018 2.2 million TR.
    And that’s 145% of the entire last decade PR intake.

    The average GDP per capita of 25 million Australians is $55,679 each (ABS).

    The average GDP per capita of the 2.2 million TR migrant guestworkers is $43,100 Treasury) the vast majority are adult third world unskilled on a visa alibi.

    If you subtract the migrant Guestworkers GDP then the average Australian GDP per capita would be $56,950
    So the 2.2 million TR Migrant Guestworkers lower the Australian GDP per capita by -2.13%.

    They lower the Australian GDP per capita, suppress / lower wages for all Australians with widespread visa fraud living & working illegally.

  5. The 2.2 million Temporary Migrant Visa Guestworkers onshore are PERMANENT STAY (NZ SCV), VERY LONG STAY (foreign student 4-9 years) and LONG STAY, REPEAT STAY, VISA CHURN STAY & MULTIPLE VISIT STAY.

    They are not ‘EXPLOITED’.

    They are WILLING PARTICIPANTS in job & housing theft, visa alibis & racketeering.

    They queue up overseas, pay huge bribes, are actively trafficked into Australia by foreign criminal syndicates & backed by their foreign governments – to export their slum clearance & rural poor into Australia to work illegally.

    And once here it’s visa churn, extensions, appeals, whatever it takes to stay here, live & work illegally in foreign run labour rackets, repay that agent procurer loan debt, to send back remittances & live in visa breach.

  6. The 2.2 million Temporary Migrant Visa Guestworkers by city.

    🔹2018 Melbourne – 5 million.
    0.7 million Migrant PR/citizenship grants.
    That’s 1 in 7 people.
    Plus 0.9 million Temporary Residents.
    Plus 180k ‘Tourist/Visitors’ working illegally. Plus at least 20,000 Overstayers.
    That’s 1.1 million non residents.
    That’s a doubling in non residents, mostly third world, adults, poor, unskilled, and on a pretext visa.
    🔻The non resident migrant guestworkers are 22%, over 1 in 5 people in Melbourne.

    These 1.1 million non residents steal or displace some 600,000 or so Australian jobs in Melbourne, the majority working illegally, fake ID, cash in hand in visa breach.

    The non residents (at 5 renters per dwelling) occupy 220,000 ex Australian dwellings, usually renting in a now foreign owned sublet cash in hand bunk & mattress slum share. Long stay.

    They heavily congest public transport, and drive some 200,000 cars.

    There’s your Melbourne crush load issue.
    Melbourne is the overflow of poor migrant guestworkers that can’t get afford to Sydney.
    The foreign student industry is even more corrupted in Melbourne, and there is more blue collar & unskilled work to steal – so the Melbourne migrant guestworker intake will increasing more rapidly off a lower base than Sydney with the same issues & congestion and into a sea of Melbourne migrant only third world slums.

    🔹2018 Sydney 5.2 million people
    0.9 million Migrant PR/citizenship grants.
    1 in 6 people.
    Plus 1.1 million of the 2.2 million Temporary Residents. Plus 220k Tourist/Visitors’ working illegally. Plus at least 25,000 Overstayers.
    That’s 1.35 million non residents, mostly third world, adults, poor, unskilled, and on a pretext visa.
    🔻The non residents / migrant are 26% or 1 in 4 people in Sydney.
    The non residents steal or displace some 0.7 million Australian jobs in Sydney, the majority working illegally, fake ID, cash in hand in visa breach.
    The non residents occupy some 300,000 ex Australian dwellings in Sydney, usually renting in a now foreign owned sublet cash in hand bunk & mattress slum share. Long stay.
    They heavily congest public transport, and drive some 250,000 cars.
    There’s your Sydney – also a congested third world slum.

    Elsewhere in Australia.
    The migrant intake is mostly Brisbane, & other state capitals each as mini me replicas of Sydney & Melbourne.
    Still no jobs to steal in the regional and remote areas.
    300,000 Migrant PR/citizenship grants.
    200,000 Temporary Residents.
    Plus 40,000 Tourist/Visitors’ working illegally, illegal industrial / farm workers.
    Plus the other 20,000 Overstayers.
    That’s 560,000 non residents elsewhere, again mostly third world, unskilled on a pretext visa.
    Also in their little highly congested set of third world slums.

  7. 2.2 million TR Migrant Guestworkers by Visa Group.

    🔹670,000 NZ SCV permanent stay.
    230,000 or 35% Third world unskilled via the NZ b ack do or. Not ‘going back’.
    A 90% one way permanent flow into Australia. Another 240,000 third world (last 5 years of intake) unskilled are queued in NZ waiting for the NZ passport stamp to enter Australia on a NZ SCV.
    Non NZ born SCV has gone from 8% to 35% in 2018, the trend will be the majority of NZ S C C in Australia will be third world unskilled & non English speaking, dumped into Australia as the NZ outlet.

    🔹621,000 (Dec 2017) foreign students & partners. Now estimated at 673,000 !! (Dec 2018)

    See AustralianEducation Gov website snapshots.
    Very long stay and long stay. 4-9 years is not uncommon. Growing in number despite a ‘reduction of students as PR intake’. Unskilled adult migrant poor slum clearance & rural poor. Only here to work illegally, to repay agent procurer debt, to send back remittances and stay for as long as it takes via visa churn.

    🔹165,000 Bridging Visas. Every kind of racket in this subset – protection, family, spousal, appeals – rorting the Appeals Tribunal. Often after a long stay as a TR or Tourist / Visitor caught working illegally.
    Then they appeal and stay for another 5 years with full work rights as they go thru Appeals stages category A to E.
    Again the number has exploded because it’s as an alternative to getting a PR to stay in Australia & work on a visa pretext.

    🔹150,000 so called skilled. It’s only dropped a tiny fraction despite all the government propaganda. 80,000 are partners or dependents / non primary. Of the 70,000 skilled primary – only 10% or 7,000 are higher than average income genuine uniquely skilled. Long stay, very long stay often 3-5 years even if not progressing to PR. Don’t go back.

    🔹320,000 long Stay Visitor – repeat stay and visa churn onto one of the above. Most working illegally, 2-3 year stays. They also don’t go back, except rarely and when caught – then they appeal and join the bridging visa group.

    🔹160,000 Working Holiday visa, but only 40,000 ever worked in a regional or rural area for only 88 days to get the 1 year extension.. And that small number is rife in fraud, farmers & labour rings taking bribes to get the visa extension.
    So only 10,000 as a FTE/year officially did any farm or regional rural work / 150,000 or over 93% FTE a year did not..
    Because 93% are in the cities and many working illegally. Again long stay, 2-3 years. And the answer is to let more in…


    The TR intake & retention issue needs to be addressed head on.

    Today it’s 2.2 million of which 1.5 million are here on a pretext, working & living illegally need to be exited / from our cities.

    Capping or reducing the PR will only make these TR numbers grow larger – unless the TR issue is addressed.

    In 2018 the PR intake was 1.9 million over the last decade or an average of 190k a year.
    The 2.2 million TR & 440k illegally working TV and 65k Overstayers are now 2.7 million – 140% more.
    Thats 14 years of TR intake.
    And increasing at 7% a year or doubling every decade.

    Reducing the PR numbers – even to zero for next 10 years will do nothing – while we have 2.7 million third world unskilled permanent & long stay migrant guestworkers onshore.

    And not acting on the TR & TV issue and continuing with a 7% year to year growth rate will see a doubling of the TR in 10 years time.