A good idea

Barry O’Farrell is coming up with loads of good ideas, like this one to stop wildcat strikes:

UNIONS calling ”wildcat” strikes face crippling fines of up to $220,000 a day under an exponential increase in penalties for unauthorised industrial action proposed by the Premier, Barry O’Farrell.

The new fines are an 11-fold increase in the penalties for contravening dispute orders of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

They would rise from $10,000 for each day of a first offence to $110,000. The new penalty for a repeat offence rises to $220,000.

Under the changes, the day of action organised by the NSW Teachers Federation last September would have attracted a fine of $220,000 instead of $20,000.

Barry O’Farrell is quickly becoming the Chris Christie and Scott Walker of Australia. He is also adopting something I discussed earlier in the year, the removal of monopoly unions through worker choice:

Mr O’Farrell also announced proposed changes to the Industrial Relations Act to allow an employee to choose which union they join. Under the present system, groups of workers in a particular job can be restricted to coverage by a specific union.

This should be deployed in New Zealand particularly int he Education sector where union monopolies exist.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.