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An ill wind
Joe got fired today. The employer gave him no notice and no explanation - they said that they didn't have to give him either based on the contract he was under. This contract was part of the "WorkChoices" scheme, which essentially stripped employees of most of their rights while masquerading as a better and more flexible system than the previous Award system that ensured employee rights. WorkChoices was introduced by our previous government, the Liberals / Australia's right-wing party.

Since Labor (the corresponding left-wing government, though both parties are increasingly meeting in the middle) got back in, they've introduced something called the No-Disadvantage Test. Each WorkChoices contract must be sent in and scrutinised under this test to ensure that it doesn't put workers at disadvantage compared to the Award agreement they'd have received pre-"reform".

When Joe got home from being fired today, he received a letter from the government stating that the contract he was under did NOT pass the No-Disadvantage Test.

I suspect these two events may be related.

So in short, they've had him working for months under a contract that was so ridiculously unfair it cannot be considered legal, and when they were finally called on it, rather than fix it up, they fired him.

By the way, I'm going to name-and-shame on this one: it was Pisces Enterprises. Pisces Enterprises, Pisces Enterprises, Pisces Enterprises. If I type it enough, perhaps it'll come up on page 1 in Google searches for their company. People should know about this sort of behaviour.
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From: pariahsdream Date: March 19th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
And my mother wonders/shakes her head over why my generation has no company loyalty themselves. Um...maybe because of shit like this?
ameliabeare From: ameliabeare Date: March 19th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)

I don't understand whatever happened to the 'common human decency' clause we're should have been raised by.

I hope Joe has good luck finding something better.
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: March 19th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Disgraceful and ridiculous. I don't know what to make of people sometimes...
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: March 19th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
damn - same thing's happening over here (half of the office has been made redundant or moved to a lower paid position).

So I have great pleasure in saying fuck you Compass Group PLC, and I hope the guys in the USA win their class action.
tania From: tania Date: March 19th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
You picked a good time to move on, then!
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: March 19th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)
*rrrrrrrrrrf*.. So sorry for Joe, and I hope there will be a good solution for him soon..... :|
marko_the_rat From: marko_the_rat Date: March 19th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
You'd better watch it, or Pisces Enterprises will sue you for defamation next. It sounds like a very unethical company that Joe's better off out of, though of course he won't think so right now. I wonder if they'll come after everyone that comments as well? Some companies seem to have no discernible business plan except to sue the hell out of everyone else.
From: dawnstar_au Date: March 19th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
This is indeed the suck.

Unfortunatley over the coming months you can expect to see a lot more of this. People asked to do more with less, for less and employers using the fear of unemployment to drive even harder bargains than before.

The No-Disadvantage test is still very heavily in favour of the employer is very unlikely to change any time soon. It does have the disadvantage that part of the procedure is they contact the employer and disclose the identity of the person making the request - giving the employer the easy out as they have done in this case of letting the person go (legally) under the original contract before they can be ruled against.

I have no idea what work he might be looking for but certainly UQ has a few positions open at present
nipper From: nipper Date: March 19th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, sorry to hear that. I hope you guys will be okay.
fragile_alchemy From: fragile_alchemy Date: March 19th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww god that sucks. Would've been nice of them to at least give a little bit of a notice first.
Hope you guys are doing okay...
rainbow_gash From: rainbow_gash Date: March 19th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
But the liberals helped keep interest rates down!1 WHY DO YOU HATE FREEDOM!1
emurphy42 From: emurphy42 Date: March 19th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am intrigued and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Also, to make Google really sit up and take notice, you should link to the soulless bastards.
supinternets From: supinternets Date: March 19th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry. How underhanded of them to handle things this way.
hamatokameko From: hamatokameko Date: March 19th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, that's lousy. Here's hoping he finds work soon. *hug*
rahball From: rahball Date: March 19th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Noez! :(
digitalis From: digitalis Date: March 19th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is total crap! D:
uniformgrey From: uniformgrey Date: March 19th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's complete and utter ASS.
yaochi From: yaochi Date: March 19th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
My best wishes for Joe to find employment with better people.
sighthoundlady From: sighthoundlady Date: March 20th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Seems to be rampant these days, businesses making bad decisions then firing people who had nothing to do with it to try and save their asses. So sorry, guys, that really blows.
19 have fought ~ fight the power!