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Lord Barr wonders why you won’t take your leave

By johnboy - 25 July 2009 33

Andrew Barr’s a lucky guy. With a safe legislative assembly seat and a double income, no kids lifestyle one imagines he’s got a lot of options about how he spends his time and money.

But for those of us either supporting kids, or single, (or both) and earning much less than a ministerial salary life is a little scarier.

Which is why he comes across as a little detached in his latest media release calling on us all to stop hoarding our annual leave and take a holiday to help out the struggling hoteliers of the tourism industry.

    New research shows Australians have accrued 123 million days of annual leave.

    The amount of leave accrued has grown 11 per cent since December 2006 with one in four full time employees having 25 days or more of annual leave they could take.

    This is not healthy. It’s widely recognised that holidays are important in managing stress, high levels of which can cause serious health problems for individuals and damage the economy by reducing the overall productivity of the Australian workforce.

You want to talk about stress? Stress is living from paycheck to paycheck without knowing that at least if the work disappears you’ve got a month’s leave accrued to pay the bills until you can get some other kind of work.

It’d be nice if we all had major investment portfolios to draw down on, and owned our own houses outright. It’d also be nice if it rained lollipops this afternoon.

But heck, let’s not assume people are hoarding leave just because they’re silly.

What’s Your opinion?


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33 Responses to
Lord Barr wonders why you won’t take your leave
gun street girl 7:31 pm 25 Jul 09

If that is true, then god help us both. 😉

Igglepiggle 7:25 pm 25 Jul 09

gun street girl said :

Trunking symbols said :

I can’t understand this. When I was working I used to count the days till the end of the year when I gained more leave. All my rec leave was usually taken by the end of January. Why anybody would want to keep working and not take leave is beyond me.

For some, taking leave isn’t so easy – it entails having management find someone to do your job while you are gone. This is often a near-impossible task (and indeed, without a great amount of notice, requests for leave are not uncommonly denied), so periods of leave are few and far between.

+1. Now I know you do the same job as me GSG!

Tanktrax 7:01 pm 25 Jul 09

The ACT legislative Assembly only sits for 15 weeks this year. If my employer paid my current salary to only work for 15 weeks/year then I would take more leave.

Typical out of touch politicians… bunch of retarded monkey’s – the lot of them…

gun street girl 6:47 pm 25 Jul 09

Clown Killer said :

For some, taking leave isn’t so easy – it entails having management find someone to do your job while you are gone. This is often a near-impossible task (and indeed, without a great amount of notice, requests for leave are not uncommonly denied), so periods of leave are few and far between.

When I read that I just shudder. In my business we’ve never denied an employee leave – whenever they’ve wanted to take it. I look at it as an investment my business makes in the quality of people we have working with us.

Makes perfect sense to me.

housebound 6:44 pm 25 Jul 09

Dear Overlord – thank you for your kind suggestion that I should take my holidays at your command. Unfortunately I must decline at this point in time due to prioir committments.

Kind regards

The unwashed masses

vg 6:40 pm 25 Jul 09

In my organisation you are not allowed to accrue leave past a certain amount. If you do you can be ‘sent’ on leave to reduce your balance to below the maximum accepted level (that being said you can accrue it above the max level for a particular reason if the job is kept in the loop).

Live to work, work to live….I know which part I am

Addison 6:13 pm 25 Jul 09

it’s a cultural thing most aussies over the age of 30 don’t take all their holidays. A guy I know who works for a big IT company says they are required to take all their leave every year. Apparently the staff don’t like it.

Pandy 5:37 pm 25 Jul 09

Barr, I cannot afford $170 per night on a decent hotel.

Clown Killer 5:29 pm 25 Jul 09

For some, taking leave isn’t so easy – it entails having management find someone to do your job while you are gone. This is often a near-impossible task (and indeed, without a great amount of notice, requests for leave are not uncommonly denied), so periods of leave are few and far between.

When I read that I just shudder. In my business we’ve never denied an employee leave – whenever they’ve wanted to take it. I look at it as an investment my business makes in the quality of people we have working with us.

gun street girl 5:11 pm 25 Jul 09

Trunking symbols said :

I can’t understand this. When I was working I used to count the days till the end of the year when I gained more leave. All my rec leave was usually taken by the end of January. Why anybody would want to keep working and not take leave is beyond me.

For some, taking leave isn’t so easy – it entails having management find someone to do your job while you are gone. This is often a near-impossible task (and indeed, without a great amount of notice, requests for leave are not uncommonly denied), so periods of leave are few and far between.

Wraith 5:05 pm 25 Jul 09

Sounds like Barr is reading Stanhope’s book on how to stay in touch with your electorate…

rosebud 4:41 pm 25 Jul 09

I’d say that the tourism lobby have gotten to him.

Trunking symbols 4:35 pm 25 Jul 09

I can’t understand this. When I was working I used to count the days till the end of the year when I gained more leave. All my rec leave was usually taken by the end of January. Why anybody would want to keep working and not take leave is beyond me.

RandomGit 4:19 pm 25 Jul 09

Who gets paid enough to take themselves on a paid for holiday at will anyway? Maybe if the hoteliers didn’t charge like a wounded bull people would use them more often.

p1 2:41 pm 25 Jul 09

If I take leave I very rarely spend any money on hotels. I already own a tent.

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