Are pole dancers ever paid? Does the US Navy, for example, pay some? How much do they get paid when they are working?
These and other questions have been asked a hundred times in the world wide web. But the problem is not getting an easy answer out of the authorities. To date, there have been very few attempts to address these problems. In fact, the only effort has been by the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Labor, with the result that the number of workers employed in the entertainment industry has remained almost unchanged. There have been some attempts at reform. But these attempts have all been met with silence from those in control. And when the authorities have responded, there has never been any discussion of what sort of reform might replace the present system.
Many of the same problems will be faced if the problem is not addressed. In the short run, there are few economic options. The workers are the ones who have to compete for the jobs and the opportunities with the corporate corporations. The workers cannot strike and they cannot demand wage increases. To add insult to injury, many workers, even in the highest paid occupations, are denied overtime pay. They are forced to work through the night before their employers provide for them, and they are not allowed to attend union meetings unless their employer agrees to permit them to. It is no wonder they are angry.
They know it. They know that if they can’t strike, or if they cannot demand pay, or if they can’t attend union meetings, even in the highest paid occupations, most of them will get jobs in another industry. This will take their income down considerably so that they will have little left after taxes. This will give employers more bargaining leverage. And when these employers do decide to hire, they won’t want to pay as much.
There will also be unemployment for the jobless. As I stated previously, not enough people work in the entertainment industry to help pay employees. If a union, either on the job or in union organizations, were to negotiate for fair benefits, they would not get them from the government. If we are serious about the future of our workforce, these are not good things. But most of the problems facing working people is the result of governments and private businesses that want to pay a wage (and even sometimes a premium) that is much lower than the labor market has decided is needed to keep up with population growth.
The same system that creates unemployment and disincentives to work, creates barriers