The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “corporatism

It’s 2016: Ideas on Implementing Equal Pay

Posted on April 19, 2016

SPEAKING AT A BUSINESS BREAKFAST LAST WEEK, I fielded a few inquiries in a Q & A session regarding my last week’s blog posts on the issue of equal pay for equal work. Nothing really surprising there; the corporate community increasingly explores evolving issues like social good, living wage, environmental upgrades, and wage parity between the genders. One medium-sized business manager asked how best would a business go about implementing an equal pay strategy. Obviously I’m no expert (30-year firefighter), but some lessons gleaned from the equal pay movement have a clear and pressing sense to them. The first thing to remember if you’re thinking of evolving a business into an equal pay employer is that there a clear business case for it. Three…

Value for Money

Posted on April 3, 2014

Business guru, Peter Drucker, continues to drive home the same message: “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.”  But how can that happen when citizens themselves continue to downgrade their expectations when it comes to business performance almost across the board? How can larger corporations and businesses that have fallen so low in public estimation hope to regain citizen trust and community esteem again?  If they are truly serious about the matter, they merely have to look no farther than some of their peers across various industries. But first they’ll have to stretch out their financial projections and performances if their efforts are to have any success.  Communities live year to year and have growth cycles that sometimes involve decades…

Dreamless Sleep

Posted on November 6, 2013

So it’s out.  No, not about the use of crack cocaine, or a new revelation on the Senate scandal. Following months of preparation, food banks across Canada have produced their annual HungerCount report.  Some in the media say it’s good news, that with the economy turning a corner we can finally see a decline in poverty.  That’s quite a stretch, and fortunately most of the media reported it for what it was: another indication of the entrenchment of poverty in the Canadian context that refuses to go away regardless of the state of the economy. The report concludes that food bank use has declined 7% in the last year.  However, much of that is regionally slanted, with many food banks facing continual increases.  Food…

Continuum

Posted on May 1, 2013

“An economist,” Laurence Peter says, “is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.”  He was the famous inventor of the Peter Principle – the belief that once a labourer rises to a position over his head, he will become incompetent.  Many of our modern day economists have been around a while, long enough for us to begin to question the present direction of modern capitalism, our financial markets, and the need for political systems to depend increasingly on economic growth for their validity. For a long time the belief that each successive generation can be more prosperous than the last has driven much of the policy and financial apparatus in everything from interest rates to social…

Labour Pains (8) – Concentration

Posted on January 11, 2012

Almost 50 years ago, economic guru Milton Friedman made an observation that was destined to have dramatic results: “Every act of government intervention limits the area of individual freedom directly and threatens the preservation of freedom indirectly.” Thus began the great campaign to begin the undermining of government’s reach and to offer capitalist forces a clear and open field for the redefining of democracy. One of the offshoots of that great transition, intended or not, was the redefining of what it really meant to be a citizen. The age of privatization was upon us, as the belief expanded that private industry could extend our powers much farther than government itself. And for a time it appeared to work, as the ability for the average…

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