Monday, August 08, 2005

Parents "Win" But Not Really. Or do they?

The media are saying that parents have "won" something here.

I'm not sure how this whole IRC thing works, but it sounds like this "win" is only a win if the Howard government adds these conditions to the minimum conditions, enforcable by law.

The only thing parents have won is the right to ask for part-time employment until their kids are of school age.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but you have the right to ask whatever you like of your employer don't you?

1 comment:

Craig said...

I think they have actually won something here.

I believe it applies to those on Award conditions where your employer only has to keep your job for 12 months when you take maternity leave. And even then they only really have to keep your original position. If you want to come back part-time and they don't want to give you that, woe to be you.

This will give workers on Award contracts some more flexibility and encourage mothers to stay in work even after they have children. By putting these safeguards in place it will benefit the government in the long term as mothers can return to work part-time and not have to rely on child support payments to survive.

I think workers in the IT industry never see an award contract, I would hazard a guess that at least 95% of IT professionals are on workplace agreements where you do have the right to negotiate with your employer on your working conditions.