An excerpt from the above linked to article by D’Arcy Doran follows:
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In Melbourne, Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran defended the Sydney station, 2Day FM. He told a news conference that the prank call was recorded in advance and vetted by lawyers before it was broadcast. The station did not break any laws, he said. Meanwhile, 2Day announced it was suspending all advertising indefinitely to stem a stampede by sponsors…
“No doubt she was distraught at unwittingly embarrassing the Royals and her employers … But we can only guess at the inner torment of Jacintha, who after years of loyal professionalism suddenly found herself in trouble for something that was not her fault,” the newspaper wrote.
“They’ve got blood on their hands,” The Daily Mail wrote in a headline, paraphrasing an angry Twitter message directed at the Australian radio station’s employees…
There was no receptionist on duty on 5:30 a.m. when Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian phoned, impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles. So Saldanha, who was the duty nurse, answered the phone. On the recording of the call she can be heard saying, “Just hold on, ma’am,” before transferring the call to Kate’s ward.
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My online response to the above linked-to Toronto Star article follows:
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Brutality 1 of 2
Welcome to neoliberal capitalism and unequal social relations. As in any mafia, members must always do whatever they do with a wary eye on who’s turf they might be crossing into. And professionalism in a mafia capitalist system is a joke. Professionals aren’t necessarily those with bigger paycheques. On the contrary. Unless you walk in the footsteps of a grunt who has bosses and wannabe bosses…
Brutality 2 of 2
…eager to justify their paycheques by pushing you around if they think it’s what their superiors want, you should be silent. The terror and impairment is real. I know. I work for a big, nasty security org paying crap (no raise in years, payday lenders monthly). They, and their clients, use guards like furniture. We don’t feel cold or get sore feet. Say no, lose a week’s work, like I just did.
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“The High Price of Excessive and Stressful Work” by César Chelala
An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:
When Luo Yang, who was in charge of research and development on the J-15 carrier-based fighter jet, died of a heart attack on November 25, he was under extreme stressful work conditions. He died on the day that the J-15 had completed a successful landing on the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier.
For many experts, Luo Yang’s death after such stressful conditions and overwork, was an example of what the Japanese call karoshi, literally translated as “death from overwork,” or occupational sudden death, whose main causes are heart attack and stroke due to stress…
A growing body of evidence indicates that workers in high demand situations, who also have low control of their work and who also have low social support are at increased risk for developing and dying of cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke. Stressful work conditions are a critical component of this phenomenon. In this regard, it has been found that workers exposed to long overtime periods show markedly elevated levels of stress hormones.
The consequences of long working hours and stressful situations at work are not limited to men…
Deaths by overwork affect not only the families themselves, who may lose the main breadwinner in the family, but also the industries that will increasingly be affected by more lawsuits and lost productivity. The situation, in turn, will also affect the national economy. It is therefore urgent to devise a series of steps aimed at curbing this problem.
At the personal level, it is important for workers to get regular exercise, which will reduce anxiety and depression and improve sleep. In addition, it is important for them to develop supportive relationships with friends, families and co-workers. Whenever possible, they should practice relaxation techniques and, if they feel overwhelmed by their personal situation, they should seek help from a mental health professional.
At the level of the industries, they should provide the workers with the best conditions for their work, a policy that will be of better economic value in the long run. Business executives should realize that it is counterproductive for them to place excessive demands on their workers.
At the government level, legislation should be passed increasing jobs security and skill training, as well as employees’ participation on issues that directly affect them such as transfers and promotions. Workers should have better control of their own jobs, which will increase productivity and reduce the stressful component of their jobs. In the long run, prevention is the more humane and cheapest alternative to a very serious problem.
No one would disagree with the author, César Chelala, but he strikes me as naive. There’s absolutely no reason to expect that any of those solutions will be earnestly put into place by politicians and bosses. Hell, The extinction of life on earth looms and, when we try to discuss that with the the politicians and capitalists who have the power to implement solutions they essentially tell us all to shut up and get back to work (for them), throwing in the destruction of an innocent activist’s life for good measure, to serve as a terrifying example to the rest of us who might grasp that elites and their tools are going to lead us all over a cliff and need to go. Revolution, afterall, could upend elites’ plans to do nothing but exploit until there is nothing.
In the video clip below, Don’t be bamboozled by the song and dance routine the politicans and capitalists do. The politicians ‘do not’ do their jobs, from the standpoint of citizens who voted for them. They belong to captured governments. They take their marching orders from corporations, the rich and assorted special interests. Still, The scammy nature of neoliberal capitalism, aided and abetted by corrupt politicians, is on display here. I have to mind my Ps and Qs or else I’ll be left completely out in the cold. Because I’ve resisted crappy gigs (which isn’t to say that I don’t take ‘any’ of them), some which I shouldn’t be asked to do (working solo, and without special training, in Toronto Community and Housing Corporation hell holes), G4S has let me go a week without work. I don’t have anyone to lean on. It’s just me and me. I’m stressed to the point where I’m ill. I also suspect that G4S would be happy to see guards, like myself, quit. We make too much money. I make $12.50 per hour and have done so for years. I go to payday lenders every month. I couldn’t tell you when the last time was that I had a vacation. I can’t have a real vacation because I have to take out my vacation pay every few months in order to pay bills. Nick Buckles, like bankers, can screw up and still live like a king.