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Oh, they could afford to pay decent wages to staff if they wanted to. They just don't want to. Hub didn't want to. Remember the bulletin describing paying decent wages as "foolishness"?
It's all about da money, honey.
But judging by the millions and millions and millions CofS blows on lawsuits and that DM is alleged to have misappropriated, yes, I rather think that if they DID want to, they could pay at least minimum wage or more plus REAL benefits packages. There's a LOT of money in the cult.
With due respect Fluffy, when was the last time you were on staff?
Take Melbourne alone...
80 staff x $700 per week gross is $56000 per week in WAGES.
If the GI EVER got to $50k there was celebrations. $80k and there was delerium.
Most businesses operate with wages as 30 - 40% of overheads (AFAIK). So to make your normal payment of rent and bills and god knows what other "things" they deduct each week, pay uplines for training bills, films etc, and then pay wages, they'd need a GI of $100k - $150k a week.
NO class V org makes that. Most never even get close in their Highest Ever week. Some make it every once in a blue moon. According to Neo, the last few weeks he was there at Melbourne Day (The best class V org in ANZO) the unit was ZERO. No pay. Zilch. No GI.
They can't afford to pay the staff wages. Period.