Me Need More Pay!

On the way to work today, I heard from the radio that public school teachers across Victoria, NSW and WA are having a strike, demanding to have better pay rise. Hundreds of school across Australia will be shut down today, either completely or partially. How come it never happens when I was studying high school?! Teachers (actually, it is the union) in Victoria are demanding 30 percent pay raise over 3 years, whereas teachers in NSW are calling for 25 percent pay raise over 2 years...

Wait a minute. I haven't had a pay rise for 3 years! Bloody three years thanks to the .com bubble burst. What's going on here - the living standard index isn't even 10% per year?!

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