Who is remotely interested what a former senator has to say? Particularly a nut job like Leyonhjelm. This extreme right wing federal government chooses not to enforce awards unlike a decent government that would. A decent penalty applying to each offence such as a large fine and gaol time would see things turn around very quickly.VG! Heard this morning the executives bonuses are likely to be slashed, should be removed all together.Former Senator David Leyonhjelm penned an article today in the Financial Review arguing that all awards should be abolished:
The audit will review as far back as 2010. Systemic?
Issues are around middle management, not higher up or Smeg kickers either.
As a direct shareholder, am appalled by this behaviour and afraid to look at current share price.
CEO Banducci should go.
This is not about paying workers starvation wages, or even paying them below the national minimum wage (at $18.93 per hour for adult workers, almost the highest in the world). There is a minimum rate for every job covered by an award, as well as for things like additional skills, overtime, penalties, superannuation, allowances and holidays.
An employer can be labelled a wage thief for getting any of them wrong. It makes no difference if the affected employees are quite happy with what they are paid, don’t feel at all exploited and believe nothing has been stolen from them. They and their employer are not allowed to agree on anything less than the prescribed minimums. It also makes no difference if it was totally unintentional, not unusual given that navigating awards and agreements can require at least two degrees, very strong coffee and an executive assistant.
I think he's right but for a different reason: Awards in some industries have become completely unenforceable and the problem is that the minority of employers trying to do the right thing are at a distinct economic disadvantage - therefore why bother having a law at all. Complete deregulation with minimum standards like sick leave; and no compulsory superannuation because when you're that poor you have a completely hand-to-mouth existence anyway and need every cent. Compulsory super costs the government $21 billion p/a in tax concessions but only saves $9 billion in pensions paid so why bother penalising employers and employees with the burden of compulsory super any longer.
However, ScoMo is far too busy praying to fairies in the sky and listing to nut jobs from Qanon to do anything useful. If he keeps on track with his obsession about budget surplus there soon wont be any jobs to worry about. That's if he is not replaced by Dutton sooner than later. Don't laugh, its on the cards.