Half of the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.
– T.S. Eliot
This week we have seen the weak-willed reaction of ABC managers to the poor belittled part timer in WA who did the voice over for Bob Katter’s ad.And weak-willed it is because it hides behind codes of conduct rather than policy.And all for the sake of being seen to be as politically correct as possible. I say this not as a sop to the right wing lunacy of Katter but through years of experience of ABC managers hiding behind the weak to save their own bacon.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise to many part timers in the ABC that they are treated like pawns in the day to day running of the organisation? There are many people I know who, because of many factors, gone from full time to part time work and then discovered that their workload, far from decreasing, increases at an exponential rate to overwhelm them. This is due to management’s perception of part time work as easily disposable, easy to avoid the conditions available to full time staff and easy to place in a “disposable” position when things get a little bit rough
It is a sad disposable ego that requires others to make them feel great by keeping them subjected to the worst conditions of employment.