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Diggers. Shining a light on our current hardship.

My grandfather was a Digger – a Navigator for the RAAF in WW2 in New Guinea and the Coral Sea. He saw the best and worst in men, fighting on both sides. He rarely spoke of it, but when I was nine years old, he took our whole family on a trip, by boat, to deepen our understanding of, and honour, our history.

We started our journey of remembrance in Rabaul in PNG and finished, after layovers in Singapore and Hong Kong, at the Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan. My grandfather held no malice; he held no grudge; rather he believed that every man, on whichever side he was fighting, loved his country, was making sacrifices for his nation, and its future, and by the doctrine of that culture. 

No history class or book I’ve read since has left such a deep impression on my spirit.

As I reflect on the sacrifices our Anzacs made, I hope that we can take inspiration from their spirit as we navigate the challenge our society faces today. The sense of mateship, helping others and working together to achieve a common goal are values that continue to inspire us.

During this time of uncertainty in the face of COVID-19, we can take heart that the collective measures of our individual actions are making a significant difference to our mortality rates. It is a difficult time, and everyone is experiencing different levels of hardship; whether it be by loss of income, loneliness, family ructions, failed businesses, unimaginable financial hardship, increased anxiety or health challenges. This pandemic is taking a toll on societies around the world, and yet there are great examples of people being united like never before; unexpected acts of human kindness, people coming together to help where they can, and the arts, music and comedy lifting our spirits. This is no time for malice or resentment.

This weekend we are provided with an opportunity to reflect on our Diggers and the sacrifices they made to contribute to Australia’s future. To those who fought for us, we will remember you.

I, along with many other Australians, will be proudly participating in Light up the Dawn on Saturday to remember all those who have served and sacrificed. It is also wonderful to see what other members of our community are doing to show their thanks during this time of isolation. Charles Cameron, the CEO of our industry association, the RCSA, is spending Saturday taking the Last Post to the people of Euroa; his unique way of celebrating the ANZAC spirit and remembering those who have served. 

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RCSA CEO is right on the money

The following article was originally published on Shortlist, 30 January 2020 and I’m in total agreement with Charles Cameron. Australian employers don’t know how good they’ve got it when compared with other Western countries. It’s time our industry stood up to be counted.

Time to push back on bad business terms: RCSA

A rising number of recruitment companies are pushing back against ‘bad business’, but the issue requires a stronger response, says RCSA CEO Charles Cameron.

“We’re even seeing the larger players – the Manpowers, the Adeccos – making decisions to get out of certain markets and have greater confidence not to supply just for the sake of top-line revenue,” he tells Shortlist.

This should apply with PSAs and large-scale contracts, or indeed any arrangements with clients where recruiters take on a disproportionate amount of risk and costs, or the margins “are so razor thin that there is no room for any form of error or significant event”.

In the ACT, for example, some government employers are trying to push the cost of candidates’ security clearances – which can be upwards of $10,000 – on to recruitment suppliers, Cameron says.

Many Australian agencies have historically agreed to business terms and conditions they shouldn’t really allow, he says, and in his travels to the UK, Europe and the United Sates, Cameron finds industry leaders are “horrified” by what their local counterparts accept.

Recruiters shouldn’t fear saying no, he adds, because “in many circumstances those clients will actually come back to them and say ‘all right, we will do the business on your terms’, because they can’t find alternative suppliers who can actually find the talent”.

RCSA is planning a campaign to encourage more recruiters to reject commercially unviable business, he adds. “We need to give confidence to each and every firm to be able to say no.”

What makes a ‘good’ client?

The profile of a good client, says Cameron, includes a willingness to engage suppliers with clarity and transparency – by setting clear business objectives and budgets at the onset of the relationship.

It also means working with clear and consistent performance expectations and evaluations, along with transparency and accountability around legal issues and risks…

This excerpt is reproduced with permission from Shortlist, and the full article has been temporarily unlocked for access without a subscription.

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