I was in Canberra yesterday briefly to give a paper on Labour Market Planning (yes, I know, but my message is that it is a lot of bollocks) and as I was leaving, I came across the most enormous bill board at the airport.
There were the two beaming faces of Ged Kearney, President of the ACTU, and Wilhelm Harnisch, boss of the Master Builders’ Association.
The purpose of the bill board was to extol the benefits of the Industry Superannation Funds with unions and employer associations working in perfect harmony.
I rest my case about the damaging – actually pernicious – influence of employer associations.
(One of the joys of my job is that I receive lots of emails from people I do not know with information, which of course has to be checked.
It turns out that there was one employer association in Queensland, where the guy was both president and secretary (a complete no-no), did not file any of the required records, including financial ones, to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commision for 20 years. He went to the Commission and begged for forgiveness and it was granted. No records were ever filed.
And then there was the case of one CEO of an employer association who accepted sexual favours in lieu of rent for office space that the assoiciation owned. I wonder if the regulatory authorities ever picked that one up. I’m thinking ….NOT.)