Penalty rates own goal
Hungry Jack's owner Jack Cowin has described Sunday penalty rates as unsuited to contemporary lifestyles. “Penalty rates are somewhat a product of the past,” the fast food billionaire told Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA function in Perth. “We live in a seven-day-a-week lifestyle today.
He said wage levels in Australia in the fast food industry were the highest in the world.
“If you’re a person that you (sic) work Sundays and you’re going to make less money because they’ve brought that back, obviously you’re not going to be happy about it. But the real big picture is how do we keep wage levels as high as we can but how do we try to have a common wage for everyone rather than depending on what day of the week you’re going to work.”
While Mr Cowin acknowledged workers had kids and sport to juggle on weekends “the reality is, people can work this out".
He joked that when he opened his first KFC restaurant in Perth in 1969, he had to sack his wife because she wanted employees to be able to sit on stools and take longer breaks. (Source: The West Australian)
Undies protest undone
CFMEU delegate Dave McLachlan was sacked after a shift of miners at Appin mine stripped down to their underwear in protest at the lack of work clothes. More than 50 miners arrived for work at South32’s Appin Colliery in NSW on 7 March 2017 wearing their helmets, boots, jackets – and underpants. After 10 minutes, the miners put their old, dirty clothes back on and returned to work.
The novel protest was a humorous attempt to highlight the fact that South32 has for a year failed to honour its legal obligation to provide new work clothes. The company has also failed to provide a laundry service.
But instead of responding to the issue, South32 sacked McLachlan, claiming he brought the company into disrepute after pictures of the protest were posted online.
The CFMEU has launched a campaign in support of McLachlan, and national president Tony Maher has written to CEO Graham Kerr, to urge the company to reinstate him.
“Dismissing Dave McLachlan for having participated at a short protest — which did not result in any lost time or impediment to coal production — and that was highly justified by the failure of the company to provide the laundry service and work uniforms that it is legally obliged to provide, constitutes a blatant violation of his fundamental labour rights.” (Source: Industriall-union.org)