4-day working week proposed

https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/coronavirus-jacinda-ardern-encourages-new-zealand-workplaces-to-adopt-fourday-work-week/news-story/3b02be0107c172a31f52c7f46723d9bc

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has proposed a 4 day working week.

The irony is not lost on me. In 1976, Lew went on hunger strike in King George Square because he had been cut off the dole. Among the politicians he talked to at the time was a Social Security Minister, to whom he expressed the view that a four day working week would help with long term unemployment.

Like the UBI and many other ideas Lew supported, it was an idea before its time. He was rubbished, derided and treated with contempt, not only by bureaucrats but by his own family, more often than not.

Maybe the time has arrived for ideas like Lew’s to get the hearing they’ve always deserved. I hope so.

cheers

Sylvia

 

4 thoughts on “4-day working week proposed

  1. Dear Sylvia

    You won’t remember me – although I remember you. I have been very interested to read what you have had to say about organist Robert Boughen and the way in which the University has treated your complaint. I first saw you when I presented for my very first organ lesson with Boughen, as a ‘freshman’ in the Music Department at the University of Queensland. You were wearing a vivid green halter neck dress with a high hemline (funny the details one remembers 50 years after the event!) and probably were just leaving, having finished your organ lesson with the ‘maestro’.

    It was my first and last meeting with Mr Boughen. I thought his behaviour was sleazy and over familiar – and made the ‘mistake’ of telling him so. He dismissed me on the spot and caused no end of problems for me when I had to present to Hugh Brandon back in the department and explain my ‘rudeness’ to the great Mr Boughen. I pulled out of that crazy place after my first year and changed courses, despite what could have / should have been a most promising career in keyboard music.

    However, a couple of my friends persevered with their keyboard music degrees. Their stories – although not as extreme as yours – were similar to the tale you have to tell about that predator. That’s why I was so interested to see that you have had the courage to speak up. Men like Boughen have caused so much damage to so many lives.

    I won’t write more now. However, please feel free to email me, if you feel like it.

    Kind regards Maree Watson

    On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 2:33 PM ForgottenAustralianFamily wrote:

    > forgottenaustralianfamily posted: ” > https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/coronavirus-jacinda-ardern-encourages-new-zealand-workplaces-to-adopt-fourday-work-week/news-story/3b02be0107c172a31f52c7f46723d9bc > New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has proposed a 4 day working week. The irony > i” >

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  2. So is anyone going to act? Oh that’s right, this is Queensland. Home of the boy lovers and zucchini eaters club, which numbers among its illustrious membership several judges, and no doubt has tendrils reaching into the police complaints tribunal, not to mention the organ society. Is anyone going to look more closely at the Royal School of Church Music and the Royal College of Organists?

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