A quick update on the IR wars. Kenneth Davidson has a cogent op/ed piece in The Age today demonstrating how lowering the minimum wage would not necessarily contribute to employment, would harm the low-paid, and do nothing for the skills shortage.
The government’s latest gambit is to prevent contractors such as truck drivers from using unions as bargaining agents. Whatever happened to the much vaunted principle of “freedom of association” that the Workplace Relations Act supposedly enshrines?
Brand new Courier-Mail columnist and occasional Troppo commenter Nicholas Gruen has some interesting thoughts on working hours. It may interest people to know as well that the standard of the Courier-Mail op/ed pages is generally much higher than that of the other Murdoch rags.
And, for those wanting to follow the fastest moving “reform” front where policy is made on the run and according to the latest ill thought out whisper in Ministers’ ears from big business, Employment Relations Consultant and Adjunct Lecturer in IR at Griffith Uni, Jim McDonald, has set up a website to track the whole debate, with a very extensive set of links to matters IR generally. Highly recommended!