Why the world is going to hell in a hand-basket Pt 37…
Recently my State’s police force has had a ‘successful’, if long drawn out campaign, to get a wage rise. Naturally the Government that pays their wages fought it tooth and nail.
It took the best part of a year to finalise and the police ‘settled’ for less than the 15% over 3 years they sought ( 5% a year) despite the daily reports in our media of crimes against police increasing in number and severity, and crime generally being on the rise, despite carefully ‘tailored’ statistics that show some decreases in some crimes (mostly because the way stats are gathered has changed and also because these days police simply don’t waste their time with cases they know full well are never going to make it to court or have any chance of a successful prosecution should it actually make it to court).
The government ‘generously’ dropped their insistence on an at least 3% productivity increase ( meaning the police have to do 3% more work for the rise to be awarded) and upped their offer to 8% over 2 years ( a 4% rise followed by another a year later) or half what the Police asked for to try and stem the rising tide of desertions from what is basically a very unenviable and dangerous job.
Win Win – everybody’s happy – e-vent-u-all-y.
Contrast that with the news i heard a few hours ago…
My country has undoubtedly had two decades now of unparalleled glory in the world of International Cricket (a Sport comparable to baseball but now with 3 unique ‘styles’ named Test’, ‘One Day’ and ’20/20′.
We simultaneously held the title of World Cup Champions, One-Day Champions and Number One Test Cricketing nation for several years in succession and despite a tiny ‘blip’ in 2005 when we lost the Ashes test Series to England in England 2-3 we showed our dominance some 18 months later when we whitewashed the English 5- Zip on home soil. 🙂
The last three World Cups, held every 4 years like Soccer, have all been won by Australia. This was largely due to the quality of the side in the last decade or more. The Team had very few changes and were always amongst the best batting, bowling and fielding squads going. Winning was almost ‘easy’ and the Confidence and Spirit of the team was something all other sides feared – even if they would not admit it. If they ever were in a losing situation something special was dug out more often than not and Australia would once again come out victorious.
The problem though is that the team got ‘old’. They were so good there was rarely room for new up and coming players and the longevity of many of the players came to an end at roughly the same time. Result? – Australia is now but a Shadow of it’s former self with six or seven of it’s best players from a team of 12 ( one man is left ‘in reserve’ and is known as the 12th man) retiring in the last 2 years and very recently one of the most exciting players in the game being sent home in disgrace and almost guaranteeing his international career is over due to continued ‘infractions’ (read Drinking/discipline problem).
Recently Australia has lost it’s position as No.1 One-Day Team to South Africa and is in danger of losing it’s status as number 1 test nation. It has now lost the last 5 20/20 ( a shortened, faster, slog-it-out version of the game) matches in a row.
And yet it has just been announced that all International Aussie cricket players have just been awarded a 13% pay increase?? A one seventh increase in their already considerable salaries along with free air travel to the some of the world’s most exotic locations?
Am i missing something here?
Did the Financial Crisis teach us nothing??
Reward for poor performance for the Elite?
How long was their pay dispute i wonder?
Although a Sri-Lankan team did recently get shot at when the game was targetted by terrorists in Pakistan, Australia has refused to play in that country, or any other one where their safety cannot be guaranteed by the local police force…
Which brings me full circle…
Maybe the Aussie cricket team should give their fully undeserved pay rise to the police who’s job it is to risk their lives so some men can play games overseas?