Ok, I don’t mean in general. I’m talking about a specific case. But how else can I get you to read this unless I resort to the same sort of tricks that the Murdoch press rely on to get you to click on their articles.
Now don’t go getting all high and mighty on me… Gees, you’re reading the article and you wouldn’t be reading it if I’d given it a title like, “DOES EVERYONE HAVE THE MEMORY OF A GOLDFISH?”* or “What about Fiskville?”
Anyway, in announcing his intention to protect the CFA from those terrible unionists, Malcolm told us:
“What it will do it will make it unlawful to include a term in an enterprise agreement which undermines or disables the ability of that organisation to work with its volunteers.”
Of course, I could go into a long explanation about Fiskville and someone would point out that this had nothing to do with the volunteers and that I’m just introducing a red herring, but it’s worth remembering Fiskville for a moment.
Yeah, you’re right this had nothing to do with the volunteers. And, although the Fair Work commission did find that the industrial agreement with the UFU had nothing to do with the volunteers either, that’s not the point. We all know how unions would start interfering and insisting that the equipment is safe and that nobody is trained in places where they’re liable to get cancer. As Mitch Fifield told us about the CFA: “It works, it works well, they should leave it alone”!
Exactly! Why, at Fiskville, even though the inquiry found that some members of the management knew that it was unhealthy managed to get another few years out of it before it was shut in 2015 because of the cancer cluster. If that’s not working well, then I don’t know what is…
*Before somebody tells me that it’s a myth that goldfish only have a memory of three seconds, I’d like to point out that I do know that but if I write something like the memory of the LiberaL Party complaining about Labor doing exactly what they did then I’ll just be dismissed as another left-winger like Laurie Oakes who appears in Andrew Bolt’s list of left-wingers writing for “The Australian”.
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