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Nov 8, 2017

Business barons take serious work ethic to Melbourne Cup marquees

Some of our staunchest opponents of worker's rights enjoyed took a much needed day off to drink and bemoan penalty rates at the races.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Well, it might have stopped the nation, but Australia has survived another running of the Melbourne Cup, and the usual whining and whinnying from business groups complaining about the holiday and the damage to national productivity from staff having fun -- and the fun police moaning about the dangers of staff having fun and drinking, eating, betting and flirting with each other and making gooses of themselves as pictures and TV news reports again showed us.

Many of these whiners were in the exclusive areas of Flemington racecourse yesterday swilling bubbly and chowing down on nibbles on what is a work day for the rest of us. The roll call of whiners among the wealthy included Elmer Funke Kupper, the former CEO of Tabcorp and the ASX.He told The Australian earlier this year he had a plan for fixing the economy (it's behind a paywall). It didn’t include him taking Tuesday off for the Cup, as the AFR's Rear Window column showed in a pic on page 44.

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2 thoughts on “Business barons take serious work ethic to Melbourne Cup marquees

  1. Limited Through Mixed

    Years ago the race ‘that stops a nation’ was around the 1400 mark (pardon the pun) but this annoyed many with vested interests as it meant as soon as the race finished many bolted for the trains and trams and headed home… rather than staying on eating, drinking and placing more bets.
    Over time the race has moved later and later to which at one point it was around 1545 which was sort of pointless as most punters by then were incapable of reading a form guide let along placing a wager.
    However the lucrative Asian markets appreciated it where they are even more addicted to gambling than us (although the research says otherwise) by way of huge TV audience numbers.
    There was even calls for a twilight race.
    Why stop there. Let’s go for broke and bet on a new idea which satisfies everyone:
    1. Have the race card a night event with the Cup at say 2100.
    2. Abolish the public holiday pleasing the myopic business, retail and IPA interests
    3. No loss on gambling or drinking and eating as this would be done in the evening.
    4. People can sleep off their hangovers and head more or less into work the next day.
    5. Asian TV markets are happy.
    Win for all!

  2. AR

    What a large trough and varied wallowers.

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