|"Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum."|
BOB HAWKE, after the historic victory of the yacht Australia II in the 1983 America's Cup.
When Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke said this, in memorable circumstances, just plain old not coming to work was grounds for dismissal.
Times have changed markedly. A boss who sacks anyone for not turning up would today be entering a dual world of legal pain and financial penalty.
Think I'm joking? Just try it and see!
Someone once did not turn up for work at the Wayside Tavern.
Three weeks later Mine Host informed them they were not welcome back. That only came about as the person actually turned up for work (after three weeks would you believe) as if nothing had happened.
Mine Host then entered a world of financial and legal pain, one in which due process was absent, and his "guilt" was taken for granted by the (cough) impartial system and (cough) unbiased commissioners.
Hearing the above phrase of the (then) Prime Minister quoted, as it is from time to time, is a "trigger phrase" for Mine Host. Though it is unlikely there will ever be retribution or atonement for the wrongs perpetrated in the name of "unfair dismissal" legislation, in his more maudlin (or perhaps more realistic) moments, Mine Host dreams of someone carrying out the brutal thrashing of an ALP politician.
In the circumstances, such an event would be most deserved.