Hi Brendan, I don't think I missed your point at all.
- You think I'm wasting my time with this self-serve issue.
- People will lose lower paying jobs.
- People will gain higher paying jobs.
- You think it's inevitable so why fight it.
In response to 1.
I feel this issue will have a positive effect on the community if the balance is right, which I believe it is unbalanced at the moment. I care for the community so I don't feel that it's a waste of time.
In response to 2.
There is uncertainty in the job market for people to attend checkouts. You specify supermarkets but they aren't the only shops with self-serve.
In response to 3.
Yes there will be higher paying jobs. But there will be a lot less jobs and the higher skilled job will be temporary and degrade to maintenance jobs.
I see a struggle in the transition that people will go from a checkout job, do a four year degree, get a forty thousand dollar HELP debt, (most probably higher in the future) then go back to a job market with a surplus supply of skilled workers, reducing the average wage of this skilled job, coupled with inflation and a HELP debt I don't see much of an improvement there.
Also there would be a great deal more checkout jobs lost than the amount of jobs created.
Also I'm not saying phase the self-serve out completely as it is still a wanted and useful tool for some of the population. What is good for one, is not necessarily good for the majority.
In response to all.
Is there one day going to be no social interaction when you go to the mall. Will it all be machines or will we pre-set our shopping list so we needn't go shopping, giving society more time to work off their debts while keeping them busy from fighting tyrannical government (a bit exaggerated but I'm accentuating my point).
The self-serve checkout helps big businesses so that they pay less wages (in the long term) to the people.
Flux will help the people (not a relevant point but it's why we're here, to help the people).