Workers exploited in bogus campaign

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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 01:26 pm

Currency Lad on the ALP/ACTU industrial relations debacle:

Nothing says credibility quite like censorship and a bogus law suit.

At issue are a bunch of tragic worker-exploitation ads now shown to be exaggerated:

In the ads, eight workers say they were unfairly targeted by bosses using the Government’s new workplace laws.

RSL club worker Lynne Barnes, 58, says her 25 years’ service meant nothing to the company, which she says forced her to sign a resignation letter.

But the OWS found she did not perform the duties required in her job and she was given the option of resigning with a generous payout.

Food company manager Stephen Dungey, 45, claimed he was sacked without redundancy pay. But he did not mention he had signed a contract ruling out a redundancy entitlement.

Click over to Currency Lad for more.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/27/2006 at 12:14 AM
    1. Exaggerated, a bit like those Iraqi WMD? And by a party in Opposition too not an elected government. What were they thinking?

      Posted by Skeptic on 2006 07 27 at 12:38 AM • permalink


    1. Surely you gest!  It can’t be true that those who parasite off of the earnings of others, such as union and government middle men, would lie to keep their rice bowl full!

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 07 27 at 01:04 AM • permalink


    1. Oh no Salty, its not just the rice bowl, they want the Lodge.

      “Teflon Johhny has got to go, hey hey, ho ho” Etc

      Exitus Acta Probat

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 07 27 at 01:24 AM • permalink


    1. its not the first time the ACTU has been caught out see here

      Posted by WeekByWeek on 2006 07 27 at 01:30 AM • permalink


    1. Kim Beazley’s response to the ACTU being found out lying in it’s expensive anti-Howard, anti-IR laws TV campaign was to accuse John Howard of using his “secret police” to smear workers. He also said, “He wants to kick them in the guts as well, by putting his secret police on to going through their rubbish bins to try to discredit them.” What a wonderful load of hyperbole. ACTU boss Greg Combet accused Howard of waging a “politically motivated campaign”. This of course is something foreign to the ACTU.

      You will note both Beasley or Combet relied on the “bash the worker” defence and were unable to DENY the fact that the ACTU has been lying through it’s teeth in its campaign against Howard.

      There is something delicious about seeing Comet’s discomfort as his IR campaign lies in shreds at his feet. I wonder how the union membership feel about funding this dishonesty?

      I wonder what Combet’s Plan B is or is that giving him too much credit for brains?

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 07 27 at 02:17 AM • permalink


    1. In fairness it’s a tough call to make ground on industrial relations when such a large proportion of voters see themselves more as business owners than “comrades”.  Howard, as always, has picked his time well.  He is reforming industrial relations while the sun shines rather than waiting for the rain when it is too wet to get on the roof!

      Posted by allan on 2006 07 27 at 02:40 AM • permalink


    1. What a strange posting.
      My personal experience has been that there are plenty of companies around who did not even need new IR laws before acting in an abusive fashion

      They just did it anyway.

      Some of us have had to endure crap from moronic employers for some time, so “fictitious” campaigns are really a bit superfluous

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 07 27 at 03:45 AM • permalink


    1. #5, Bonmot wrote “I wonder how the union membership feel about funding this dishonesty?”

      They probly couldnt give a rats arse.  Exitus Acta Probat.

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 07 27 at 03:47 AM • permalink


    1. Weekbyweek – you constantly use the comments threads here to flog your blog. Kinda lame, no?

      Posted by James Waterton on 2006 07 27 at 04:40 AM • permalink


    1. Some of us have had to endure crap from moronic employers for some time, so “fictitious” campaigns are really a bit superfluous

      So why’d they do it? If it’s so easy to find people who were “abused” by their employers, why didn’t they?

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 07 27 at 05:19 AM • permalink


    1. MarshallD

      What a strange posting.

      So why did you bother posting in this thread?

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 07 27 at 05:43 AM • permalink


    1. Ah, whatever happened to the good old days of socialist realism , when we had PR pictures of youthful, happy workers, not whining prevaricators of the sort apparently featured in these ads?

      Posted by paco on 2006 07 27 at 08:07 AM • permalink


    1. #5 What an unfortunate turn of phrase has the Bomber…
      “WE (the A.L.P.) are not a one trick pony..”
      No mate the A.L.P. is a no trick pony…

      Posted by crash on 2006 07 27 at 09:12 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, the socialists gave up on happiness years ago.  You can only fake stuff for so long before everyone catches on.  Take MarshallD, for instance.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 07 27 at 09:15 AM • permalink


    1. I’ve been an employee, an employer, contractor, sole trader, unemployed, underemployed, overqualified, a union member (once willingly, once unwillingly). Fired from my first job, and had to fire employees too.

      I can confidently say that the dead-eyed shills they have wheeled out for those violin-playing-crocodile-tear-jerking ACTU ads look like the type of person that would swagger in every day as if they have a job for life – and would be the first oxygen-wasting, troublemaking whingers to be dismissed as soon as the IR reforms came into effect.

      Funny how the Left like to accuse the Government of “scaremongering” – I had to laugh at the ominous portent that these dimwits were trying to foreshadow. Do you know how hard it is to get – and keep – good staff?

      Here’s a secret… make yourself indispensible, then you will be OK. Now we have to hear that it’s all the fault of BIG John Howard every time someone gets sacked!

      Remember how the term “Economic Rationalist” was coined as a so-called derogatory phrase? OK, well let’s be IRRATIONAL with YOUR money!

      Posted by der FRED on 2006 07 27 at 09:56 AM • permalink


    1. Welcome to the 21st century.  Those commercials sound like every ad the Dems have run in California since the Clinton Administration.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 07 27 at 10:27 AM • permalink


    1. #15, But if you make yourself irreplacable, you cannot be promoted…

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 07 27 at 11:33 AM • permalink


    1. I have had hiring power over the years at various levels.  Good employees are *always* at a premium.  Okay employees are not all that hard to find.  Crappy employess get hired only when you have no other choice (for whatever reason—legal, body needed, boss’s relative).  As long as you can fire the crappy, keep and upgrade the okay and replace the good (they tend to leave more because they can—they’re in demand), you’ll do okay.

      If you’re prevented from firing the crappy, too many ‘okay’ employees slide into the crappy section (why should they work for no more pay than the crappiest employee they see?).  Pretty soon all you have left are the crappy and the fearful (who can be made to do the work of the others because they fear the boss or loosing the job or whatever).

      Show me a system that doesn’t let you fire the crappy and I’ll show you one where the best you can hope for is mediocre.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2006 07 27 at 03:08 PM • permalink


    1. Don’t like your job?  Instead of making everybody else’s life miserable, how about you stir ass and get a different one?

      Irony alert:  I worked for 22 years around people whose job it was to kill people and break things.  But the meanest sons of bitches I have ever met were the public sector union types during my one year in public education.

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 07 27 at 08:02 PM • permalink


    1. Show me a system that doesn’t let you fire the crappy and I’ll show you one where the best you can hope for is mediocre.

      The federal government of the United States and the state government of California are two examples of such a system. However, in both cases, mediocrity is a level of competence only dreamed of.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 07 27 at 09:44 PM • permalink


    1. #15 & #17   But if you make yourself irreplacable, you cannot be promoted…

      This is extremely true.  But if you can manage to leave the job without training a replacement, you will have satisfaction that will sustain you until you die.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 07 27 at 11:03 PM • permalink


    1. That sounds like the voice of experience Bec…

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 07 27 at 11:49 PM • permalink


    1. My philosophy too RebH. If you really hate your employer, make yourself indispensable. Then quit.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 07 27 at 11:54 PM • permalink


    1. I conducted my own experiment in industrial relations not so long ago. End of (Australian) financial year, everybody wanting something done or handled or patted on the head, and office equipment going beserk. I sent around an email saying, “This is the best solution to the problem that I can think of – well, actually, the very best solution would be to get the hell out of here and find a place where the bullshit stays at a tolerable level.” That went to everyone except the man right at the top.
      Next day someone commented that “You’re not having a good day, are you?” I told them I was half an inch away from quitting. It’s a short ladder in this outfit, not many rungs between the bottom and the top. Within an hour the ga-ga printer was back in order, and at lunchtime the boss came in and said “Stay back if you have to, we’ll cover it.” Why should I screw around with a union that couldn’t do for me what I can do for myself?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 07 28 at 12:06 AM • permalink


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