November 18, 2005

NO, HE'S THE REAL TERMINATOR...:

PM to liberate the shop floor (Brad Norington, 19nov05, The Australian)

PROTEST rallies across the nation. Passionate evidence to a Senate inquiry in Canberra. Television advertisements highlighting threats to family life. Australia's unions have devoted considerable energy to stirring community opposition against John Howard's planned workplace revolution.

Yet in the end their actions will amount to only one thing: some colourful theatrics. The public is wary of Howard's changes, and possibly worried, according to opinion polls. But the Prime Minister, unmoved, has no intention of bowing to external pressure. [...]

Get set for the brave new world. From early next year, Howard's long-held dream of overhauling industrial relations laws will be realised.

Applying for a new job could be very different when employers are legally required to offer just five basic conditions: a minimum wage of $12.75 an hour, four weeks' annual leave, 10 days' sick leave, 12 months' unpaid parental leave and an average 38-hour week.

Everything else that many employees have held dear - overtime, penalty rates, shift loadings, meal breaks and public holidays - will be open to negotiation.


Mr. Howard, a parliament leader of a conservative party, has the easiest time of the Three, but is making the most of it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2005 11:31 PM
Comments

The four weeks sounds nice.

Posted by: JT at November 19, 2005 7:25 AM

Join the Army.

All the U.S. military branches get 30 days' paid vacation a year.
Plus, free travel to exotic locales.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2005 7:45 AM
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