Thursday, 26 November 2015

The life of a casual here today.

It was early Monday morning and the staff gathered for their early morning exercise regimen and the routine pep talk from management. About 40 people present for the early morning experience. Ah but today it was different.

Ok, guys, we've been told by people further up the pole to inform you that the worst performed worker will be going home at 9.30 cutting their scheduled shift in half. As a casual worker, you can be sent home yet this is different. The person who is unfortunate enough to be the lowest is singled out and sent home in shame. Embarrassed humiliated in front of people that some have worked with for 3 years. The employer shows no regard welfare or duty of care to the hired help.Whilst it breaches laws in OHS it isn't enforced with any vigour by the authority. Oh if said employee went home and harmed themselves the directors down would be in a poultice of trouble.
I've had dealings with WorkSafe and they are rather blase about enforcement depending generally on who the culprits are and what the relationship is like. That's another issue.

When workers are casual they live with the uncertainty.They are bullied into working overtime when required. Then cut back when business drops. Companies are now manipulating the system by having multiple agencies on 1 site so nobody gets overtime when it can be avoided. They are also using a 38 hour week to make the weekend work at normal rates. I suggest this in many cases is illegal dependent on the award involved. The conundrum for the casual worker is if they question it or anything else they are easily discarded. Fair Work Australia isn't a gummy shark but it's not user-friendly to casual employees. Many casual workers wouldn't know what their rights are. Employers abuse this with great regularity.

This will, of course, all adversely affect the morale of staff and eventually, it will be lose-lose for all concerned. I think it's incredibly shortsighted unfair and probably negligent behaviour, but with the amount of labour hire in Australia, I'd be surprised if it isn't common place. This may be how the pyramids were erected post haste but it ain't no way to treat workers.

Monday, 23 November 2015

#asylum Why our govt is wrong.

 They base our border protection on the premise that boats laden with asylum seekers are illegal. Boats are inanimate they cannot break laws. The only illegal activities involve the people smugglers, and if you believe the media here & overseas our border protection or whoever the govt authorised to make payments on our nation's behalf to said, smugglers.                                                  
 Australia is a signatory of the refugee charter. We recognise it is a human right to flee oppression.Yet of recent times, we incarcerate asylum seekers in detention centres.Screening is taking  3 years on average.Much of this is done offshore. A lot of it is done under a shroud o secrecy.Voters according to government policy aren't considered fit to be in the loop with these matters. Minister Peter Dutton hides behind "Operational Matters" to shield himself from the awkward question he doesn't have the nouse to answer without further incrimination.

I believe many immigration ministers have failed over the years going all the way back to Malcolm Fraser's government.The ALP has a similar form as well albeit less inhumane.
We as a nation must realise that as a direct result of our US alliance and our involvement in Kuwait-Iraq & now Syria. We have had a hand in the birth of  ISIL and the terrorist events that have ensued. We have entered a zone that historically has never known peace. We clearly haven't had solutions or an escape plan. Apart from the economic strain of a long unfruitful conflict.The world now has 6 million new asylum seekers from Syria. Terrorists among them apparently. Screening is difficult. People are scared after the French attacks and that's understandable.
For that reason vigilance in screening is critical. People incarcerated illegally for 3 years will grow resentment.I'm sure these offshore detention centre cultivate hate for our government. Just imagine if it was you or your mum or daughter how would you feel? 3 years no crime is a lot to lose for running from bombs dropping from the sky.

I do think assimilation is an important thing that has been neglected in the past. This is one area of our society I'm not happy with. People have been allowed into Australia that doesn't respect women. People have been allowed in that don't want to go to school with us. Buildings are being constructed that clearly don't look to fit our culture. That isn't to say these things can't be addressed nor are they exclusively owned by a race or religion.
I think Scott Morrison & Peter Dutton are both fools and it will be the taxpayers that suffer the consequences. Inhumane treatment will eventually see lawsuits that I imagine will cost us a poultice. Not to mention the damage these things do to our international reputation.

Monday, 9 November 2015

GST slugs those who can least afford it

There are many minorities that are already lagging behind through no fault of their own. Our elderly disabled sick, unemployed mentally ill.Many struggle to survive on what they have. Every case is different. Yet a GST increase will push some gripping on my their fingernails off the edge.                               A revenue tops up for a government that allows so much waste. Our MPs show no signs of restraint. Spending our taxes on themselves travel food accommodation $2 million per head for the past financial year.                    
                         Many of the people who struggle have incomes under $50 Thousand  some are on pensions some have no prospect of holding a job. I heard Eddie McGuire speaking with a politician on the radio while at work.They to me seemed rather flippant regards the necessity for an increase. No disrespect to Eddie but he probably has more in his glove box than these people spend in a year.

                        As those of you who follow me are aware I have a 20-year-old autistic son & 2 older children. My autistic son is in a day program which is partly funded by gov't and 40% of his pension covers the balance. This gives his mum a break during school hours.It allows Dylan to do activities and some community service while supervised. Many carers are on their own. Many can't work as they have too much responsibility providing care. There are so many stories of people isolated by life in Australia. Much of it is directly resulting from poor government decisions over the past 30 years.                         Many of the services that were run by the government have been slashed repeatedly via austerity until dysfunctional.Then sold off at bargain prices via privatisation. This means services once partially self-funded are now profit driven enterprises. The human element doesn't seem to matter.    
                          Depending on what data you believe we have as many as 300,000 homeless in Australia. A GST rise will see that number rise by 50%. What will happen to people with no support from families or carers? We need people who know what it's like to survive on $40,000 a year represented in parliament. We need people with empathy for others making decisions. Our current MPs have no idea.Take a good look at them. Look at what they spend. They should be ashamed of themselves.