Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Oppose workplace feudalism!

Wayne Mapp's Employment Relations (Probationary Employment) Amendment Bill is slowly working its way through the select committee process, and meanwhile opposition is growing. The EPMU's 90-day notice period for action against the bill expires tomorrow, and the pan-union Work Rights, our right! campaign is marking the date by holding a rally outside Parliament, starting at 12:30. If you oppose the return of workplace feudalism and employers having absolute and arbitrary power over their workers, then show up and let the politicians know about it.


Just wondering, do you think this bill would be less "evil" if it was restricted to only apply to your first job?

Posted by Anonymous : 7/19/2006 04:38:00 PM

I can't answer for Idiot/Savant, but I don't. Why should people be treated differently just because it's their first job? I imagine that having only an 89 (or less) day job on your CV would be worse than having nothing at all - who would give you a go knowing that your first employer got rid of you so fast?

Posted by Span : 7/19/2006 08:27:00 PM

Only in the sense that murdering a dozen random strangers for fun is less evil than murdering two dozen.

Posted by Commie Mutant Traitor : 7/20/2006 11:59:00 AM

I read it as "Impose Work Feudalism" and thought, "bring it on".

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Posted by Anonymous : 7/20/2006 12:27:00 PM

Probationary employment periods are a sensible, mainstream concept. Australia has them, the UK has them (12 mths). I've lived in both countries (in addition to NZ) and it's an accepted part of modern life, hardly "feudal".


Posted by Anonymous : 7/21/2006 01:38:00 PM

M'lud, in Saudi Arabia ... well all sorts of feudal crap is an accepted part of modern life. The two things are not mutually exclusive.

Nor for that matter is everything fuedal automatically wrong, but that's another story.

Sacking without cause? I just can't see the benefit, other than to the ego of incompetent employers.

Posted by tussock : 7/21/2006 05:02:00 PM