Monday, October 23, 2006

Slo-news day...

Today NZ observes Labour Day. If I recollect right we were one of the first, if not THE first, to introduce the 40 hour week. For most anyways. Seems that in recent times it has become more honoured in the breach than the observance, but that is a different story. Take a mate of mine who works in "Logistics". He must deal with people in the US, so his day normally starts at around 7.30 or 8.00; at work. He normally drags himself off home at about 6.00 in the evening after "doing business" with Asian matters. By my reckoning that is a 10 hour day. He gets paid by salary, not by a wage.

There was a law change brought in a couple years or three back which impinged directly on the payment for time worked over a Statutory Holiday (which today, Labour day is one of some 7 we have during the year). In most instances, the impact is felt through such imposts as a 15% surcharge on a cup of coffee or lunch.

It can also be seen on the International page of today's Herald. You will not find the article on the Herald webpage, I looked. There is all manner of worthy news there.

The international page was one story -

Macca vs Macca; now it is video evidence.

About says it all. The marital affairs of entertainers be more important than Korea, the Pacific Forum, riots in France, Bushy, or the many other events that might have occurred in the wider world.


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