QANTAS HAS BEEN "JOYCED"
BY THE BOSS
A new term has been invented for buggered "Joyced" seems pretty appropriate
As for the Coalition, which has for years raved on about the dangers of compulsory industrial arbitration, it is now attacking the Gillard government for not intervening in the Qantas dispute sooner.
Under a legislative provision that would have forced an arbitrated outcome more quickly they claim.
Alan Joyce however hasn't heard of a telephone because he could have called in Fair Work Australia weeks ago had he been inclined.
Alan Joyce took the ''nuclear option'', using provisions of Labor's Fair Work Act, which business groups insist affords far too much power to unions.
It was like using a sledge hammer to drive in a tack, why, perhaps we'll never know.
Like all industrial disputes, the Qantas dispute will have both immediate political ramifications and a longer-term influence on the industrial relations debate.
It is a leadership test for the Prime Minister and the new industrial laws she designed.
If the intervention results in Qantas rapidly returning to the skies and the industrial dispute being brought to a relatively quick end, both she and the laws will have passed the test.
A WELL GROUNDED THOUGHT
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