Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aussie Jobs

Australian jobs for Australian workers.  There's been a lot of discussion about this topic over a long period of time now.  Our governments spruik about their Job-Creation exploits as our unions are beating down the doors of private companies demanding job security.  Our two big retailers, Coles and Woolworths are demanding that Australian suppliers provide goods at a lower price than they can produce their product and then buying in from overseas. Sadly, the cost of labour in this country is forcing many businesses to seek alternatives offshore.  

Fortunately, at this stage, we as consumers still have a choice.  We can choose not to shop at Coles just to get the discount on fuel.  We can choose to buy the brand name products so that our farmers and manufacturers can remain in business.  We can choose not to be sucked into marketing gimmicks like no-added-hormones and research the facts for ourselves.

There are alternatives to Coles and Woolworths.  Let the big two fight amongst themselves as we support our local businesses in the form of IGA, Foodworks and Aldi.  Sure, you may have to pay a higher price for food, but at least you and many other Australians will still have jobs in which to earn money for this.  

Unlike Coles and Woolies, Aldi supports Australian suppliers in their home brand products.  Aldi have a brand called Brookdale under which they have recently launched new flavoured toppings.   Not only are these products value for money, but they are also set at a reasonable price for the manufacturers.  This ensures that the Australian workers who produce the product can go to work tomorrow and not worry that the factory will pull up stumps and move to Malaysia.  Since the product is made mostly out of Australian sugar, there are jobs for our Australian cane farmers, millers and other workers involved in the refining process.

For those of you who may be feeling nostalgic, you may find it interesting that the family business who have lovingly made this topping for you are the direct descendants of the Tristrams of Brisbane who made such fabulous soft drinks all those years ago.  Yes the family is alive and well and still producing great food products (and crossing their fingers they don’t have to move to Malaysia).

So if you are interested in keeping Australian jobs safe, perhaps you could duck down to Aldi and buy some Brookdale chocolate, strawberry or caramel topping, a tub of ice cream made from Australian dairy produce and a handful of Queensland bananas and make yourself a good ol’ Queensland/Australian banana split.  Of course if you eat this every day you will have to join a gym but hey, your personal trainer needs to eat too.

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