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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

The Problem With Unpaid work.

There is a serious, deep seated problem with our economy. A problem that eats at the very core of our liberal, capitalist democratic values. I refer to the insideous practice of performing unpaid labour. It is rife throughout our communities. It occurs on a daily basis in thousands of homes, football fields, parks and picnic areas all over this great country.
When a friend helps another friend to move house, and no invoice is issued, a crime against capitalism has occurred. When a wife prepares a meal for her husband and children, the foudations of our economy are rocked unless there is some expectation of appropriate financial compensation for this service. Any such practice of supplying services without adequate remuneration are uncompetitive and cost our economy dearly.
Any services that can be purchased freely on the open market MUST be properly accounted for.
Such practices include (but are by no means limited to) child care, food preparation, mowing lawns, cleaning cars, moving, driving people to destinations, washing and ironing clothing, general house work, hair cuts, grocery shopping and delivery, and many many more. These activities all have people working commercially in them, and as such, it creates an unfair monopoly if there are individuals willing to perform these duties for free. Worse still, because these business-like transactions occur without any formal documentation, these people are avoiding paying GST, as well as leaving themselves without a leg to stand on if they ever need to bring such a matter before the small claims tribunal in the event that the service was not of merchantable quality.
And we shouldn't just stop at all the usual suspects when considering threatened industries. Since prostitution is a legal business (at least in some states in Australia), for a husband and wife to make love without charging each other for this service is extremely anti-competitive. Infact relationships that have any expectation of sexual exclusivity should be deemed illegal. This would bring about a revolution in the escort industry as everyone who wished to have sexual congress would have to register with an agency where they would be trained in proper sexual hygene practices and advanced sexual techniques, and would then be free to compete on an open market that will ensure that everyone gets what they pay for. Administered correctly this could spell the end for sexually transmitted diseases. It is my dream that not only in this industry, but in every field of business laws be made to enable people in these industries to compete freely and fairly without the fear of "unpaid work" robbing them of their rightful profits.


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