With the presses running at a fever pitch this fortnight at Q News pumping out their almost tome-like latest issue of 32 pages, publisher Ray Mackereth could almost be forgiven for not realising the immense irony of an article as it went to print.
Demonstrating a remarkable lack of consideration of how it may be received by many of its readers, Mackereth published a review of the movie Horrible Bosses 2.
The movie which is currently screening in cinemas follows the comedic misadventures of a group of friends who have suffered various stresses and personal setbacks due to outrageous and unacceptable workplace behavior from their employers.
It was not all that long ago that Mackereth himself accepted to WorkCover Queensland that his management style caused to break his staff member’s spirit which including heavy handed management.
The colourful Brisbane publishing identity has also appointed counsel to defend a criminal case against him which is currently before the Industrial Magistrate for unpaid wages which is being heard on 30 January 2015. Mr Mackereth faces unpaid wages claims of over $40,000 and fines in excess of $60,000 between this case and one under the Fair Work laws federally.
Sources close to Brenton Larcombe, who has commenced the criminal case tell us that his sense of irony is as sharp as ever, and that this unfortunate coincidence has given him a reason for a giggle in what has otherwise been a stressful period.
Miles Heffernan from workplace litigation firm Employment Advisors who is acting for Mr Larcombe in the criminal offences matter brought under special laws in the Queensland Industrial Relations Act, said that the irony was “delicious” adding “just as well it is Christmas as this gift is so exquisitely timed.
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