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July 1 July 04, 2005 12:39 AM

As of this day the Liberal Party has control of both houses of parliament...
Leading up to this day we have heard a lot of talk about changes to our Industrial Relations Act. Not all of this has been good...
For those that do not know of the possible consequences of this let me know and I shall expand...
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 July 04, 2005 12:50 AM

As far as I know the main one is the removal of unfair dismissal laws for companies with less than 100 people. I have family that run small businesses and it really causes them problems. When they wanted to fire someone for stealing they had to get a lot of witnesses and proof in case they got sued. So I'm not too worried about that one, but I think the number of employees should be brought down to less than 50. Once you get more than that then you tend to have systems in place anyway rather than doing everything personally.  [ send green star]
Free July 04, 2005 4:28 AM

I feel for your family's business.  It is indeed difficult to be rid of us pesky workers cause we don't fit in...IF the person you relate in your story was really stealing your families company surely knew of other ways to remove them...
I have worked in industry for many years and have seen workers dumped(sacked) cause they didn't get on with management...
My point is the control of power in one parties hands, be that liberal or labour, is a dangerous thing....And horror of all horrors, we may become the next American state...
Young Winston would love that....

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 July 04, 2005 4:46 PM

I think they did use another excuse to fire him. They just made sure they had enough evidence and witnesses to get a criminal conviction if he caused any trouble. If you work for a small company and don't get along with the boss you are screwed no matter what happens. A cohesive workforce is essential for a small business to stay in business.  [ send green star]
 July 05, 2005 5:24 PM

I read somewhere that 99% of private businesses have under 100 employees. Do supermarkets or fast food stores from the large chains count as individual businesses?  [ send green star]
 July 05, 2005 9:31 PM

proposal to pay slow workers below minimum wage:,10117,15839717-29277,00.html

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 July 05, 2005 11:07 PM

I get it - there aren't many very large businesses, but they do employ a lot of people. Anyone know what % of private sector employees will be affected by the changes to unfair dismissal laws?  [ send green star]
July 1 July 05, 2005 11:37 PM

The (L)iberal governments control of both houses of parliament has the potentional to undermine all the benefits won by Australia workers...These benefits, working hours, sick leave, annual leave, superannuation, long service leave, etc. are all threatened by the current threat...
Don't be fooled by the proposals you have seen to date.  These people have control of both houses of our parliament for the next 3 years at least...
Are seeing the tip of an iceberg???
(I hate cliches)

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 July 05, 2005 11:46 PM

I think most of it will happen at once and it will be touch and go whether they lose the next election over it. They will want to give people as long as possible to get used to it before the next election. I get the impression they are in the (political) game for the long haul.  [ send green star]
 July 06, 2005 2:05 AM

In three years time how do feel....  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 10, 2006 10:41 PM

Howard's new Industrial Relations laws . . .
Dress Code It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary.
If we see you wearing Prada shoes and carrying a Gucci bag, we assume
you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a raise. If you
dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you
may buy nicer clothes, and therefore you do not need a raise. If you
dress just right, you are right where you need to be and therefore you
do not need a raise.

Sick Days We will no longer accept a doctor's statement as proof of sickness. If
you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

Personal Days Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year.
They are called Saturday & Sunday.

Bereavement Leave
This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead
friends, relatives or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have
non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee
involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late
afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour
and subsequently leave one hour early.

Toilet Use
Entirely too much time is being spent in the toilet. There is now strict
three-minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an
alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the stall door
will open, and a picture will be taken. After your second offence, your
picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the "Chronic
Offenders category". Anyone caught smiling in the picture will be
sanctioned under the company's mental health policy.

Lunch Break Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch, as they need to eat more, so
that they can look healthy. Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch
to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure. Chubby people
get 5 minutes for lunch, because that's all the time needed to drink a

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The Management Team

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