A suit from the Retailers’ Association attempts to out-Aussie those “chucking a sickie” today:
The Retailers Association said those who falsely claimed illness were “un-Australian bums”…
“Those staff who throw a sickie to selfishly score themselves a four-day weekend have no concept of mateship and the Australian way of not leaving your mates to do your heavy lifting for you, while you slink off to the beach or the pub,” said Mr Driscoll in a statement.
“Many workplaces around Australia will experience some of their staff who have just disappeared, thrown rosters into chaos and at the end of it all left their workmates to have to work harder tending cash registers, filling the shelves or waiting on the tables.
“If they turn their backs on their mates they are bums.”
Other un-Australian things include the Retailers’ Association’s attitude to employee rights, including fair wages, holidays, and protections against unfair dismissal – and the shamelessness of businesses trying to turn workers against each other.
Still, you’ve got to admire the chutzpah.