Seriously Nick, you've swallowed the old furphy about higher wages reducing employment prospects? Please read some sound economic data, not biased nonsense by right wingers. Higher wages are better for everyone in a society. Low wage economies have worse overall employment stats. And lets seriously consider a reduced working week and full employment. Stop competing in the race to the bottom. - karen james
But lisa - you assume people know how to cook at roast! As for me, i make my own coffee on weekends... and sometimes even my own bread. With modern bread machines there's no reason anyone has to go to a bakery on a Sunday. Flour keeps. - MerriD
Technology was going to deliver us more leisure! It has not!! I have been in office admin since the days of telex machines and roneo copies. I was the first in my firm to have a PC on my desk. I now get through as much work in a day as I used to manage in a month and yet my workload keeps increasing and employers are very reluctant to pay overtime.
I think it is time to introduce a 4 day working week and on one day of our 3 day weekend, we could all stop! This may restore some sanity into our world and help reduce greenhouse gases.
Of course employers would want to reduce wages and so long as the banks all write off a proportionate amount of all debt, we won't notice the difference in our pay packets. - Flick_04
MicheleS - annual leave loading and penalty rates go together. If you have employees working unsociable hours for the penalty rates, why would they take a drop in pay to go on holiday? And that just means you have tired and stressed holiday-less employees endangering the rest of your workforce, especially those working in potentially dangerous trades. Though I agree that workers not paid penalty rates have no reason to claim leave loading - except for the "me too" mentality that means it's now enshrined in employers' cash flow arrangements.
As for this practice of allowing people to cash out their accrued annual leave - same deal! Even a white collar worker can make life unpleasant for their colleagues as they watch the stress disintegrate emotional well being, good judgement and resilience. - MerriD
Even though we moved from Victoria a few years ago we buy the Age on Thursdays (for the TV Green guide) and on the Week-ends.
We used to read The Australian occasionally, but after the appalling bias they showed to the Labor Government we now agree with Tony Windsor who said “I don’t read The Australian, our family still uses Sorbent.”
I read a lot of on-line publications, and for amusement check up on the ‘news’, the way Rupert likes it told, in the News Ltd ones, but only by getting around the paywall.
The talk this morning about relaxing cross media ownership is a worry. I heard a commentator suggesting Rupert might get control of Channel Ten - guess he has to be paid for gifting the election to the Coalition. - JoanneH
I support penalty rates! Both my children work in local supermarkets on weekends. They have their jobs because they started when they were 15, now they are 19 and 21. They forgo doing weekend sport so they can work, giving them independence, savings, experience and keeping them off welfare. Sometimes you will find my son out pushing trolleys in the pouring rain or in the blazing heat, he earns every cent of that penalty rate and he deserves it. My daughter on the other hand can be found slicing meat, mopping floors, cooking chickens and being abused by rude customers who refuse to wait their turn. She too deserves her penalty rates. Think about your children and what you want for them and think about what rights our unions have fought for. I began working in retail when I was 15 too. 12 months later shops began trading until 1pm on Saturdays and that was paid at penalty rates. While there are people willing to shop on weekends, penalty rates should be paid! - Philippa
Have no need for tree killers these days and they are definitely heading the way of the dodo. Can get a quick grasp of what's going on through SMH, Guardian, IA, No Fibs, Pond etc. For purposes of balance, and when I need a good belly laugh, I might glance at the least trusted newspaper in Australia, The Telegraph. Wouldn't be caught dead with the loss making propaganda sheet of a demented plutocrat, the toilet paper that already comes with the crap on it, the lizard Oz. - MickyD
David Bowie all the way. The man simply doesn't age and his music only gets better. Im desperate for him to perform again - Lauren
Hang on Nick. You're talking as though we're discussing the implementation of penalty rates. Some new burden for employers. That's absolutely incorrect. What the abolition of penalty rates will mean is that people will be paid less for doing the same job while the cost of living keeps going up. Flexibility is required by business owners. If they can't afford to pay penalty rates to hard working employees, then maybe they can get family members in to work for nix on the weekend. You're a successful business owner. You're smart enough to balance your profits and outgoings. You pay people to work for you. You know what it's going to cost you and obviously you profit from your employees' contribution, otherwise you wouldn't employ them.
And regarding your comment about employees letting off steam, funnily enough my first facebook view this morning was from a friend who manages a business (and has just won an industry award for his efforts) bitching about being exhausted and having to go to work yesterday and not being paid for it "because he's the manager - unfair" There was his unprofessionalism in black and white for all the world (or his 200 friends) to see. It made me think of you. - Sandy
Digital subscription to SMH - don't even get the Monday one any more now we have EPG (although the way programs appear and disappear on there is annoying). About the only things I still read in print are Gourmet Traveller (easier to use the recipes in print) and New Scientist, though I have a digi sub to that too. - MerriD