||Issue No. 144||12 July 2002|
The Lotto Economy
Interview: Capital in Crisis
Industrial: No Sweat
Bad Boss: Super Spam
History: Living Treasures
International: Axis of Evil
Solidarity: Pride of Place
Technology: The Art of Cyber-Unionism
Poetry: The Masochism Tango
Satire: Foxtel-Optus Merger 'Anti-Repetitive'
Review: Bob Carr's Thoughtlines
The Locker Room
Week in Review
Boxall entered the contest with dual nominations from the CPSU and LHMU and backers attributed his success to "a thoroughgoing commitment to bastardary".
It is in his professional role that Boxall has raised the hackles of CPSU members, most recently in an aggressive push for a non-union enterprise agreement which it is claimed will cut conditions whilst delivering an "inadequate" wage rise.
Boxall has been accused of "spamming" employees after sending unsolicited emails, urging acceptance of his agreement. Boxall's emails used individuals pay records in an effort to argue they would be better off.
Dozens of concerned staff have objected to the CPSU while others have taken their concerns to MPs and the Australian Electoral Commission, which is running ballots on the proposal.
"The fact that this blatant push-polling is happening at the same time as delegates are being obstructed from distributing the alternative viewpoint highlights just how desperate DEWR management is," according to the CPSU's Jenness Gardner.
She said members were referring to Boxall's actions as an "invasion of privacy" and an "appalling misuse of personal information".
"It's no wonder Tony Abbott is such an expert on bad bosses. He's got one running his own department."
According to the Public Sector Informant, Boxall's beer money offer is the subject of a champagne bet between himself and fellow big-dollar mandarin, Peter Shergold.
Shergold, who failed to get an LK agreement up when he sat in Boxall's chair, has bet the current encumbent a bottle of French champagne that he will be no more successful this time around.
In his previous role, as Finance Department secretary, Boxall won a national outsourcing award. That award, jointly sponsored by F Corbett & Associates and Business Process Outsourcing, recognised his efforts in farming out corporate support activities to multi-national PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Interestingly, the sponsors, Business Process Outsourcing, were, in fact, an arm of the PricewaterhouseCoopers operation.
But that's not all.
In his spare time Boxall tries to shaft domestic workers on behalf of one of the nation's upper-crust private schools.
Boxall was a board member of Canberra's elite, Church of England Girls Grammar School, when it tried to contract out the jobs of long-serving catering, domestic and maintainence staff last year.
The school, which charges fees of $6000 - $10,000 a year, tried to flick their work to commercial giant, Spotless, sparking a major row with the LHMU.
The move came after the 35 workers went public about a long-standing overtime row with the board.
We can promise our readers that if Boxall gets up for the Worker Online Bad Boss gong there will be no conflict of interest in the judging. Then again, he won't be receiving a bottle of French champagne either.
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