We received this important press release this morning which is the first and so far only entry in Crikey’s Unaustralian of the Year Award.

This sort of populist appeal to “Australian Ideals” combined with faux concern for “mates” left behind to do the work is disingenuous and creepy. At the end of the day it’s all just about the cash that absenteeism will cost and there’s not much more Australian than sulking about that.

Scott Driscoll you are a plate of flamingo penis sandwiches with the crusts removed.

MEDIA RELEASE

Pre Oz Day “Sickie” Un-Australian

25 January 2010

Scott Driscoll, National Executive Director of The Retailers Association, has labelled those people who “throw a sickie” today “un-Australian bums”.

“Those staff who throw a sickie to selfishly score themselves a 4 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.

“Many workplaces around Australia today 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,” said Mr Driscoll.

“Absenteeism on the 25th January 2010 will also cost business across Australia over $250million today in lost productivity, extra administration and outright losses,” said Mr Driscoll.

For further comment call Scott Driscoll on 1800 SANDINMYVAGINA

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