Friday, November 04, 2005

Joyce fingers obvious loophole

I've thought this many times, and now Barnaby Joyce has queried whether businesses with over 100 employees will artificially attract the unfair dismissal exemption by use of dodgy accounting structures.

Can I add- I wonder how many people realise that for these purposes Starbucks, McDonalds, 7/11 and other multinationals are likely to be exempt, because the business, I'd wage money on it, is defined to be the individual franchise.

How many people would support the idea that McDonalds gets an exemption for being a small business?

I haven't had time to fisk the legislation, so please correct me if I'm wrong.

Meanwhile we should ask why Labor have not been identifying this, don't they remember the Waterfront Case which involved the same sort of form-over-substance chicanery?

Beazley and Combet are right that this is a fairly small part of an overall monster attack on workers. However they appear to be underestimating both its potential for exploitation and how much it might piss Joe and Josette Average off to realise they are being hoodwinked.

Meanwhile, as usual, the Speaker is busy abusing his power to advantage his party.


Another Outspoken Female said...

Joyce reminds me of the kid the cried wolf. After Telstra, do we really believe the hype that he just MIGHT make substantial modifications to the IR legislation.

I heard him on abc radio yesterday, unless i had audio hallucinations - I'm sure he used the phrase "that would be like rowing for the other team" in relation to just how far he'd take his opposition to it. (As in he wouldn't because...)

Is that like batting for the other side?

Chai said...

Why not Labor? Because they're f*cking idiots!