JOAN OF ARC: Penny Vickers who, representing herself before the Fair Work Commission, has become the Joan of Arc for workers screwed by big business in cahoots with two unions, has won a major victory “to have her bid to terminate a pay deal heard by a Fair Work Commission full bench.”
“Union officials have conceded that the 2014 Coles deal would have potentially disadvantaged more than 11,000 of the supermarket chain’s 77,000 workers, despite 90 per cent of employees voting to support it.” We don’t suggest Penny’s end up like Joan of Arc – quite to the contrary (Read report below).
BOARDS & COMMITTEES BEWARE: The ‘Fair Work ruling report [published in The Australian, May 24, 2017] could broaden access to anti-bullying laws’, it states: “Chairpersons could be exposed to anti-bullying claims from board directors after a new ruling by the Fair Work Commission [FWC]” sends an ominous warning to all Boards and Committees, large and small.
As those who have served on Boards & Committees know that many, to varying degrees, have their “Dads’ Army” who operate as self appointed “guardians of the status quo” (the “Guardians”) and/or those who assume a role akin to that of the Knights Templar.
The principles of this ruling of the FWC could apply not only to Chairpersons/Presidents but also to any member of a Board/Committee who engages in “bullying”, including a member of “Dads’ Army” (the “Guardians”) and/or the Knights Templar. (Read report below).