It began to occur to Wang, that the life of an Extra Terrestrial sent to investigate human behaviour could be a difficult one. Especially so if the mission was based in a regional town in Australia
Wang wasn’t sure how he felt dispensing alcohol to gain financial security. It was a good learning experience regarding local conduct. Watching the deterioration of human behaviour when intoxicated was very informative, although occasionally dangerous. The pub he had selected as his prospective employer seemed interested in his work history (entirely doctored). Most of the other workers were also immigrants, and Wang could find no discernible reason for this initially. After the third week and third pay that was factually inaccurate, it became apparent.
By researching the ‘awards’ or pay structure, he found that he was getting paid an illegal amount and that his ‘superannuation’ was not adequately funded. Wang first had to learn what superannuation was and discovered that it related to the retirement of workers. However, workers seemed to know almost nothing about its function. Politicians liked to talk about it, and economists would add their critique. Still, there was no general connection with this, apparently, essential and monstrous beast of an industry. It was worth hundreds of billions of dollars. When the sector chose to fund something, for example, building roads rather than rail, or renewables rather than fossil fuels, it could change the landscape of business and society.
Why no one cared, he could not discern. Upon enquiring to his colleagues, Wang discovered that none of them knew that they were being underpaid. None of them knew of minimum wage nor what it was.
Ignorant immigrants save the manager money; it was a simple equation.
Upon presenting his case to the employer and using the word ‘unions’ three times, there was backpay in everyone’s accounts by the following week. It was a simple economic decision, of course. Had he been caught in this act by the authorities, it would have cost more in penalties. Yet, he still delivered the pay as if he were gifting something that was his, rather than returning something he owed. A curious lesson in what Wang was beginning to learn called ‘spin.’