The HR Nicholls society is a collection of industry leaders, businessmen and academics who are united by their pursuit of industrial relations reform. Unlike, say the Socialist Alliance, Amnesty International or the ABC, who come together to pursue an ideology, the Society members are bound by experience. The Society seems to collect those that have lost jobs, contracts, time and money, because of excessive, paternalistic, union and or government play. Its members are annoyed employers (the givers of jobs), who have had to jump through hoops to get someone on the payroll.
For the past 20 years the Society has advocated (successfully) for industrial relations reform throughout the States and Commonwealth.
The flyer, was grafittied by the School’s resident Marxist. Exercising his respect of everyone’s right to free speech (as the Left often does), he wrote “sucks” next to where the Society’s name appears in the title. Juvenile.
The next day, I walk past the flyer again. Someone, and I think I know who, wrote “labour market regulation” above the word “sucks.” It now reads: “labour market regulation sucks.” I agree. Score one for the good guys.
Day three. Our resident Marxist continues this high level debate and writes “de” next to the day old “regulation.” But adds to this, “Wanker” next to the good senator’s name. Tell me why is it that the left feel so threatened and inferior, that in the pursuit of any argument, at any level, they feel it is necessary to resort to a) personal abuses; and b) violence. As far as I can tell, the resident non-me right winger has taken the higher moral ground (the right road) and ceased bothering.
I have three labour market stories I want to share. All have occurred in the last month.
- G applies for a inter-departmental job opportunity, wanting to move from one federal department to another. He applied for the position in September. A low end job designed for a second year public servant. After the selection process moved along at its sluggish pace and all proper consideration is given to minorities, disabilities, women and the indigenous, G received an offer in December. He then has to wait until January for the position to be “gazetted” in the Commonwealth Gazette, and then must wait three weeks before he can start his new job. Can you imagine if this were a transfer from the NAB to ANZ? It’d take an hour.
- N and C apply for jobs as assistant nurses within the
aged care system. Because C has a TAFE diploma in Health Science, he is ineligible – too overqualified – to apply. N dropped out from a Certificate III in photography. Lucky she cleared this up, because initially she to was deemed overqualified. The government wanted to keep the market open to only those with no skills. Warning to public: do not put you folks in public nursing homes because they think someone with no experience and a semester of photography is overqualified to look after your Canberra Nan.
- B, with no work history, and an illness which has kept him near bed ridden for three years, applies on Thursday for a job with a private firm. He is interviewed on Monday and began work on Tuesday.
I’m not that well versed in Union stories. Mostly, this is because Unions have been in mass decline since I’ve been working. If only government would follow suit.Check out www.hrnicholls.com.au