The left-familists were given free run by the Fairfax papers over the weekend in responding to the ABS’s latest report on working time arrangements.
The SMH article opened with the statement that
THE claim that working hours are becoming more family-friendly is a myth, new figures suggest, with Australian workers having less opportunity to negotiate flexible work arrangements than they did the best part of a decade ago.
Of course there is no such myth; we’ve been endlessly told the opposite by the advocates of more labour market regulation.
The SMH‘s claim that ‘the number of workers who negotiated an agreement for flexible hours with the boss – either formally or informally – fell from 40 per cent to about 30 per cent’ looks like it might be a misreading of the statistics or coming from a change in the question or both. Continue reading “A left-familist misreading of the data?”