||Issue No. 257||01 April 2005|
Interview: [email protected]
Unions: State of the Union
Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Legal: Leg Before Picket
Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Health: Cannabis Controversy
Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
History: Politics In The Pubs
Review: Three Bob's Worth
Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
The Locker Room
Bus Lanes On Vic Rd
Dirt Cheap Right On Money
My Restaurant Tools
It's not easy being a boss. Apparently you have to pay your staff.
So found out our Tool Of The Week Evan Hansimikali, restaurateur and sometime industrial relations expert.
Evan, who operates a restaurant on the Seven Network's My Restaurant Rules reality TV show found it a bit difficult coming to terms with the fact that he had to pay his staff, so he thought he's just cut their wages by $300 a week.
Not that this is Evan's doing mind you. He assures us that it is a simple lapse in communication, an editing problem.
And if that doesn't convince you, well, Evan has it hard you know. And he's not afraid to tell you. After all, he's the boss and he has it hard.
Why sometimes he has even had to take out the garbage!
The shame of it all!
Luckily in John Howard's Australia Evan has these things that he calls Australian Wage Agreement (AWA), which apparently allow him to rip $300 a week out of a pay packet.
Maybe he means an Australian Workplace Agreements?
Certainly not Evan.
After all, our Tool Of The Week likes to take Workplace Laws as general set of guidelines. Apparently making sure workers are being paid in more than Pink Salt is waste of taxpayers money - or so our little brat thought after his place was raided by State industrial relations inspectors.
You'd think that if you were on national TV you'd take a little time to at least make sure you were doing the right thing, but when your hairstyle is more important than the working conditions of your employees why should we be surprised.
It's probably just a good example of just how much hospitality operators think of their employees. If this is going on under the glare of TV cameras, imaging what the conditions are like at 9pm on a Thursday night at Westfield's?
Luckily, our Tool Of The Week has decided to share his wisdom with us on his weblog:
Evan's tip for the day: If you are an employee and have a problem with your pay, talk to the boss not the cameras...and the problem will be resolved!
No doubt turning to the TV cameras is a regular option for hospitality workers.
With that sort of fantastic HR skills and brilliant human insight is it little wonder his chef left for greener pastures.
Over the last week or two nearly 1000 people have responded with emails, congratulating Evan on being such a Tool that he'd need a street directory to find the end of his left leg.
You too can congratulate Evan by sending him an email here.
Meanwhile in the Kitchen, life grinds wearily on .
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