Then why do they sign the revised contracts? Go and work for someone else who will pay better conditions. Stand up for yourself instead of following the flock like sheep.
True, compebreastion is difficult. This problem started back in the forties, fifties and sixties when unions became drunk with power and forced all sorts of unreasonable demands onto the employers.
Then don't work for employers who do not offer such conditions.
It was in the seventies when the adult wage was extended to eighteen year olds following the Vietnam war. As the apprentice pbuttes his eighteenth birthday he has to be paid full adult wages even though he is not earning the employer enough to warrant his continued employment. Government instrumentalities used to train the apprentices because no one else could afford to. The relocation of those instrumentalities into the private sector meant that they had to produce a profit and training of apprentices became much less attractive.
Because farmers have been under the thumb of the unions for so long that, I guess, it seems as if the Saviour has arrived. Being unable to sack a worker because of the 1993, Labor-Party-introduced "Unfair Dismissal Laws" meant that they could rarely afford to get caught by employing someone who later turned out to be unsuitable and then couldn't be dismissed without costing them $50,000 or more in legal fees and damages, and with a high probability that they would be forced to re-employ that unsatisfactory worker and have to go through it all over again.
Yes. 1993 was the time when the Labor Party actually introduced and pbutted those unfair dismissal laws. It did not happen in the thirties or forties as the ACTU would have you believe. It is not really an entrenched "right" of the worker.
Have you asked the farmers why they were cheering? Perhaps they were cheering the fact that they can, now, employ someone without getting mixed up in the mire of unfair dismissal claims. This will mean more jobs. It will mean more jobs in the small business sector as well.
More jobs means that prospective employers will have to offer better incentives for employees in order to retain them. This includes those businesses which, you claim, are already lowering conditions. It simply requires the employees stand up for themselves and refuse to accept lesser conditions by going to work elsewhere. -- David At the bottom of the application where it says "sign here". I put "Sagittarius"