Daily Archives: July 24, 2015

The power of one X 2

Two young women have stood up for a principle recently. More power to them.

Stand up woman #1

The first is Kahlani Pyrah who has taken legal action against Grill’d burgers who sacked her after she raised questions about payrates.


Not only was the company using a Howard-era 2005 Workchoices era enterprise agreement which paid many staff below the award rate, but Grill’d burgers  also made their so-called ‘traineeships’  a compulsory element of  employment in their hamburger chains.  This scam is rife throughout the fast-food industry. Kids are put onto ‘traineeships’, often designed by the enterprise itself, with little real training, limited transferability, and no follow-through. These ‘traineeships’ use up the kids’  entitlement to vocational training and enable their placement onto a lower ‘training’ wage by their employer.  If, later down the track, the employee approaches a TAFE for vocational training that they want to do, this earlier arrangement is counted as their national training entitlement.

The company has since announced that it will review its employment conditions. Good one, Kahlani.

Stand Up Woman #2

The second is Natalie Collins, who started a petition on change.org to protest the inclusion of Mark Driscoll on the program for the Hillsong church conferences in Australia and the UK.  Mark Driscoll, among other things, came up with these tasteful little insights during a sermon he delivered to the Mars Hill Church in Seattle:

Ultimately, God created you and it is His penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while.Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife. And when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.

For a while, it seemed that her petition had been successful, but then Hillsong decided to beam in a pre-recorded interview with Driscoll instead during their Australian conference.  The UK conference featuring the Driscoll video again is taking place at the moment at the 02 arena, no less, and she has decided to mount a one-woman protest outside the arena.


No doubt she would have appreciated a few more fellow-protesters, but because of social media, she’s been able to secure much more publicity than just one single person standing in the allocated ‘pen’ outside the arena.  She tweeted her experience and posted it on Storify, and you can read about it here.

Good one, Natalie.