||Issue No. 186||11 July 2003|
Beyond the Possible
Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
Industrial: Just Doing It
Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Bad Boss: In the Pooh
Unions: National Focus
Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Technology: Dean for President
International: Rangoon Rumble
Education: Blackboard Jungle
Review: From Weakness to Strength
The Locker Room
Sydney airport boss, Max Moore-Wilton, is living up to his nickname Max the Axe. This time - in yet another shining example of how privatisation works - Max has put 160 livelihoods on the line in order to appease the fatcats at Macquarie Airports.
Macquarie has promised its shareholders a $380 million profit in year one of airport privatisation, when the current operation isn't even breaking even. Max the Axe is obviously under a pay deal to achieve the target, and bugger the human consequences along the way. Unfortunately we don't know exactly what this greedy bludger is getting out of his campaign of misery as his salary from the Bermuda-registered organisation has never been revealed.
Max has never been a friend of his fellow human beings, unless they were members of the Liberal Party. With such a history of strong and impartial contribution to public life one can only estimate the quality of his advice during his reign as head of the Department of Prime Miniature and Drinks Cabinet. In a ringing endorsement of the independence of the public sector Max the Axe appeared rather tired and emotional at the Liberals last Federal election celebrations. He was so loyal to the Howard camp he drummed up the energy to throw the Chaser team out of the Libs' post election knees up.
Of course only a genius such as Max or a market analyst would think that the best thing to do during the greatest crisis that has ever faced the airline industry is to demoralise and decimate the workforce.
During the week Max pulled the baby entrails from out of his mouth for long enough to declare that his plan was the best way to get the planes running on time as most jobs at Sydney airport had been outsourced anyway.
Those staff that are to remain are expected to go cap in hand to Max and sign on for AWA's rather than receive the protection of their current EBA, recently negotiated by the CPSU and other unions. The smartest thing to do would be to keep the 160 jobs and sack Max.
Max has form. During his reign in Canberra this grubby little operator was famous for removing a bus shelter outside his office - thus forcing lesser beings to wait in the freezing Canberra weather rather than have his aesthetics disturbed.
This bottom-feeder is one of the chief architects of Howard's way. He is a man who, when he was pillaging for the Federal government, reduced the term Public Service to an oxymoron. Now he has been pulled in by the corporate sector to paper over the cracks in what was always going to be a dodgy deal - the privatisation of Sydney Airport. Any idiot can raise the share price of an organisation and increase its profits in the short term by throwing fellow Australians out of work, but managing infrastructure is not about keeping shareholders wealthy - it's about making sure that the infrastructure works and can be safely used by the general public.
Our Tool Of The Week is a dinosaur that belongs to a different age and. His unique way of getting the planes to run on time, calls Mussolini's Italy to mind.
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