As the 'stimulus' package (Mkii) gets rave reviews from the usual suspects, the definition of 'fairness' in the Fair Work Bill resembles something from Alice in Wonderland
While the government talks up its ‘stimulus’ package (Mkii) and one wonders whether there will eventually be enough of them to out number the infamous Labor Government and union accords of the 1980’s and 90’s, unemployment is forecast to rise by 300,000 people to 7%.
Of course the usual suspects from the business and employer organisations are tripping over themselves to congratulate the government on their big deficit spending ‘stimulus’ package (Mkii).
Instead of being so quick to offer their support, how about they represent the interests of their members (and workers) by taking a stand against the government’s Fair Work Bill and/or argue for tax cuts and regulatory reform.
And while the opposition will vote against the ‘stimulus’ package (Mkii), they should show some gumption and vote against a far more serious threat to jobs, the Fair Work Bill.
Last week saw the Senate Committee hold hearings which must have been like Alice in Wonderland at times as witness after witness gave evidence about their views on ‘fairness’ in the workplace.
Tony Blair perhaps best summed up what ‘fairness’ means when he said that fairness in the workplace starts with the chance of a job.
Just how many jobs will there be left after the Government’s finished restoring ‘fairness’ to the workplace?
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