IR “reform”

John Quiggen has an interesting take on IR reform in The servant problem:

“To make sense of this seeming contradiction, we need only observe that the deregulation is all for employers, and the regulation is all imposed on workers and, particularly, unions. Lockouts are now almost unrestricted, but strikes are subject to strict regulation. Employers cannot be sued for unfair dismissal, but employees are prohibited from including protection against unfair dismissal in a proposed employment contract and so on.”

That’s not the interesting take, but I thought it was an interesting observation – I’ve not had a lot of time to follow the exact changes to legislation (I am in principle opposed and suspected there was some nastiness going on) – but the changes mentioned above make sense in the context of this government’s actions over the past decade.

BTW, did anyone make it to the protests the other day?