Fire at will
RNZ and NZ Herald reporting on a TVNZ exclusive from last night about the Nats taking an opportunity of lull during Phil Goff's leadership of the Labour Opposition to extend the unfair dismissal laws into the large workplaces. The Union workplaces. And then all of sudden - having sacrificed the small, non-unionised firms when this nasty bill was first introduced - they start caring about the 90 day fire-at-will law? They are rich, aren't they, these damn unions.
They never offered a peep when the original law was going through - they were all soporific from John Key's jobs summit and never resisted what would not affect their members. They acquiesced in it. Can you recall the strikes and protests and the demonstrations and union mobilisation against the 90 day law when it came in? No? No, because there wasn't any. So much for solidarity. Solidarity of unions - not solidarity of all workers.
Of course that was just the beginning, but the unions were prepared to tolerate it at the time. If they had properly realised it they could have made it a line in the sand, but they didn't want to and their betrayal of the most vulnerable employees unable to effectively organise themselves ought to be recorded.
Those union bosses are sell-outs from Ken Douglas on down the line to Andrew Little and Labour Party hacks to boot so I suppose no-one should expect more than what they have(n't) delivered: a low wage economy dependent on large scale immigration as only "growth" factor and NZ residents paying foreigners interest on the houses their banks own.
Now the unions want support do they?
They have proved by their (in)action that they are only out for themselves. Why is it the public are supposed to start the process of giving a fuck about workers' rights when it is now their middle class members in the corporate and state sectors that will start losing their rights?
It's only awful and bad and unfair and a capricious probation period.... when it happens to union-controlled shop floors? But when it was happening to everyone else it was OK? Not a squeak from them then. Keeping their powder dry... for when they want to blow themselves up.
If anything the 90 day law should be applied the other way around - only to workplaces of more than 20 staff.
At the time of the bill's passage when they were blitzing everything through the House. I cannot recall any Union opposition at the time [except for Unite].