Thursday, July 07, 2005

In Howard's World...

...this would never happen.

Unfair Dismissal

From the article:
A WOMAN employed to guard a duck pond from unaccompanied children has been paid $5600 after being unfairly sacked for just doing her job.
Also...
The commission heard that, on July 11 last year, Mrs Holland had approached a nine-year-old child and said: "Excuse me, possum, you need to wait for your mum because you need adult supervision when near the duck pond."

She was employed to keep unsupervised children younger than 13 away from the water.

But the girl's grandmother took exception, saying, "Who do you think you are to tell my granddaughter what to do?"

The grandmother subsequently complained to the park's curator, who put pressure on her employer, NSK Services, to sack her.

Mr Kapolos, Mrs Holland's boss, said the woman who had made the complaint was "influential in the council".
Under Howard's IR Grand Plan, the worker would have no recourse to fight this. The abolishment of unfair dismissal laws is definitely a step in the wrong direction.

I wonder if events of ex-employees going 'postal' are going to increase in Australia?

Annual Leave

As more questions are being asked about Howard's IR Grand Plan, it has come to light that workers may be encouraged to cash in two weeks of their annual leave.
This article reveals that Australia is already one of the hardest working nations in the western world with an average of 1855 hours per year.

From the article:
Australians on average work 1855 hours a year, or 38.6 hours a week if you assume they work 48 weeks a year. That Australia also has the West's second highest rate of part-time workers, Tiffen and Gittins add, "makes its position at the top of the league of hard workers even more remarkable".

US workers are second, averaging 1835 hours a year, followed by Japan (1821) and New Zealand (1817). Finland (1730) led the table in Western Europe, followed by the much-maligned British workers, who put in 1708 hours a year - three hours a week less than Australians.

Workers in only three Western countries have lower leave entitlements than Australia. In the US, there is no legal leave entitlement, but there is a de facto minimum of 10 days' leave and the average worker takes 17. Similarly, in Japan, the legal minimum is 10 days but the average is 18.
Is this another case of Howard trying to turn us into the US?

1 comment:

tealou said...

Its not all over though. The Nationals are wavering on IR and Telstra, and all it takes is one Coalition MP to cross the floor.

The is an immensely powerful position for a backbencher to have, and John Howard knows it.

I actually wouldnt be surprised if we end up having a double dissolution as a result, or some other major shakeup. All is not lost.