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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Bayview, 9th Jul, 2015.

  1. Bayview

    Bayview Well-Known Member

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    This will only be of interest to the Victorians I'd wager, but maybe your "economic compass" might make you want to be involved...

    We have just been granted another public holiday on the Friday before the Grand Final.

    To me; it is a disaster - soooooo many businesses will lose from this - mine is one.

    Loss of turnover, for one.

    Fortunately for me, my one employee is part-time, and he is never rostered for Friday work - it is an overtime day for him at time and a half. So, he is going to lose 1.5 day's pay...

    Many businesses will be open, and have to pay their staff 2.5 times the normal rate..

    Hospitals etc don't close down - a massive, massive cost to them for staff.

    Bus drivers - 2.5 times pay, and so on. Good for them of course, but for the busline.....nope.

    What do you think of it?
     
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    Melbourne leads the public holiday count. Winning :)
     
  3. Tonibell

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    Won't they just book their car in on another day ?

    Agree with the general sentiment though - is it really a holiday for the day before a football game ?
    No other reason ? Seems crazy.
     
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    Victorians overestimating the importance of AFL again. Shocker ;)
     
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  5. OC1

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    Best game in the world (after real football) :p
     
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  6. S.T

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    It's better than Melbourne Show Day that we lost a few years ago.
     
  7. D.T.

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    Fixed that for you.
     
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  8. Bayview

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    It is one less day on the calender that I can earn money.

    There are only so many days in a year for a business to operate, and in my case to book appointments....there are thousands of small businesses which will be impacted as a result of this day.

    If I could increase my labour charge accordingly for the day, it may be worthwhile, but customers won't wear that.

    I have already heard on the radio this morning from various cafe owners that it may mean they will be closing up for that day. Those types of businesses need every cent they can get of turnover, and profit.

    A few media commentators have ask the question; "So, what diff does one more pub hol make?"

    These people are clearly employees of a radio station, and not the folks who sign the cheques.

    Let's not forget areas such as house building - tradies. These blokes already take a year to build a house which could be done in 6 months if they worked a fairdinkum few months.

    And schools another day off, and so on.

    We are becoming a very unproductive Country - hence manufacturing declining, many jobs moving O/S in industries that are able to do it.
     
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  9. Tillie

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    When I first came to this country I was wondering the 'weird' reasons to have a public holidays: Queens birthday, that it's not even her real birthday :D public holiday for horse racing :rolleyes: and now this one is icing on the cake: public holiday for day before football final (not even the day of the final, but day before) :eek:
     
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    I have no issue with staff being paid for proper public holidays. Easter, etc.

    But the day before a grand final? What the hell? Shouldn't be a public holiday.
     
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    I agree with you Marc, seems pretty damn silly. Day before??

    To be fair it does fit in with our proud boganic roots in this country.

    We now have day off for a bloody horse race and another for the day before a footy game. Good work by the "cultural capital" of australia :p
     
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    It's great to be a melbournian.
     
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    its the one other city in australia I'd very happily live in, great place
     
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  14. Kinnon Bell

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    Wouldn't the day after make more sense when everyone is hungover?
     
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    Sunday???
     
  16. Kinnon Bell

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    Ha, shows how much I know. I thought the grand final was on a Sunday.
     
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    But who works on Sundays?!
     
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    A lot of people. Including myself quite often.
     
  19. Bayview

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    Yep; it's yet another grab for a culture of bludging.

    Some will argue we are a culture of celebrating.

    I agree - do it in your own time.

    Now, get to work, stop looking for MORE bloody paid time off, or more money to frackin' be there, and make this frackin' Country strong again.

    Rant over kids, off to have a lie down....and a wine, :)
     
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  20. Chrispy

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    I think it will be a big loss for the City of Melbourne. That is the day the big parade of the final teams used to go through the City. This year that has been changed, now I understand why. In the past people have lined the streets in their lunch time to see the teams. The cafes were always full. People will go away for the long weekend if they do not have tickets for the game. If it is two interstate teams then I am sure Melbournians will take the opportunity to go away for a long weekend.