28 January 2011
The Referee’s A Wanker
When 30,000 people, chant abuse at referees at football matches, the abuse, is rarely mentioned. This week somewhat private sexist banter directed at a referee was leaked, and two sports presenters, were fired by Sky. Sky broadcasts “Essex Babes”, and 46 other porn sites every night of the week, or so I am told.
Employment tribunals exist to protect employees from such abuse in the workplace, and I would be interested to know if any referee has ever bothered to take this issue to a tribunal.
This week, Employment Tribunals were in the news because the coalition are keen to reduce the ability of employees to use this remedy when they claim abuse in the workplace.
We have heard the Liberal Democrat, Vince Cable and also Chris Huhne, support this Tory agenda.
On BBC “Question Time” Huhne said that the coalition were introducing legislation that would enable employers to hire and fire employees at will, by removing some existing legal requirements that Employers should justify their actions, and respect their employees.
Chris Huhne is a politician, so he used the positive word “hire”, and avoided the negative word “fire,” by substituting it with the word “rectify”.
This is what he actually said about his proposed legalisation, which would be,.... “to make it easier to hire people, so that if they do make a mistake, they can rectify that without being locked into a tremendous tribunal system.”
Chris Huhne could not bring himself to use the loaded phrase, “Hire and Fire,” but by using the word, “rectify”, he implies that employees are abusing the tribunal system, and in this regard Chris Huhne is a bigot, albeit with a Liberal Democratic smile.
Chris Huhne justified his proposed legislation designed to accommodate employers, on the basis that all employees are “vexatious” and all employers are not. This is the kind of idle bigoted bar room politics that has excused bullying in the workplace, and indeed has promoted it.
If either party in a tribunal is vexatious, then give the tribunal the power to deal with that problem, without denying the party who has acted properly.
Earlier, Chris Huhne was up for the fight in support of the referee, who was ridiculed somewhat privately by two Sky Sports presenters, who will both be protected by the law of the land, if not by an Employment Tribunal.
The Referee is always a Wanker, but who is the referee?