22 November 2009

Bosses attack Go Home on Time Day

I imagine the boss' preference would be a Kiss My Ass Day. David Gregory from ACCI said

"I think the Go Home on Time Day is just a cheap stunt and I would hope not too many people take part."
If people like David got their way we wouldn't have a safety net for low-paid workers and unpaid overtime would be the case for everyone in every industry. Why is it that he doesn't want people to actually go home on time? Is he saying bosses should ignore the law and force people to work overtime?

It's not a "cheap stunt" David. 'Go Home on Time Day' has been proposed by The Australia Institute to remind workers about the health, social and economic sacrifices of unpaid overtime.

You can work your 20 hour day David. I can't say I care too much about your ilk.

20 November 2009

Policy on the run

This is what happens when you have policy on the run. No regulation. And when there's no proper regulation and electricity, people die. In this case it was a 16 year old boy in Rockhampton.

So sad.

No religion should be tax free

This article from Crikey is well thought out and I pretty much agree with its sentiments.

18 November 2009

bargaining under the Fair Work Act

Now we have laws which mean the bosses cannot circumvent us and our members, it is funny to see what morons they're using for advice. I am dealing with one particular wanker. He clearly has no concept of what unions are or how we operate (or how to write a simple agreement when we basically told him to just combine the previous short one with the award).

His angry emails do give me a chuckle. I've never read an email telling me so many times how the employer is "disappointed" and wants to work towards mutually beneficial outcomes. I really couldn't care less about an employer rep's feelings.

I also think he has too much time on his hands. Who emails for work purposes at 10.45pm? I'd say a person who works too hard but he responds to my email way too quickly.

But he is "Managing Director" of his own $2 company...wow...that'll make me respect him, not.

11 November 2009

this is not what Centrelink is for...

This evening I visited a comrade's place to help with some boring politics stuff. During my time there we discussed her year 11 daughter who had left home. She's being allowed to live with one of her mate's parents. And she is applying for Centrelink payments.

Let's get this crystal clear - her parents are perfectly normal. They're not perfect but they are not abusive, dysfunctional, aggressive or anything of the sort. This girl is a little messed up and due to the brilliant system we have you and I will be paying to essentially break up a family.

Fucking absurd.