Two guys who worked together were both made redundant, so off they went to Centrelink.
Asked his occupation, the first guy says, “Panty stitcher. I sew the elastic onto cotton underwear”
The customer service officer looked up ‘panty stitcher’. Finding it classed as unskilled labour, she gives him $300, a fortnight’s unemployment pay.
The second guy was asked his occupation.
“Diesel fitter,” he replies.
Since diesel fitter is a skilled job, the service officer gives the second guy $600 a fortnight.
When the first guy finds out he’s furious. He storms back in to find out why his friend and co-worker is collecting double his pay. The service officer explains: “Panty stitchers are unskilled and diesel fitters are skilled labour.”
“What skill?” yells the panty stitcher. “I sew the elastic on and he pulls on it and says, ‘Yep, diesel fitter.’ ”