Merchant Bankers don't change their spots or Hawaiian Mansions
Protest 'first shot' in fight over changes
Unions will hold a war council this week to decide how to fight sweeping changes to employment laws. The move comes after protesters stormed security and police cordons outside the National Party's annual conference at the SkyCity Grand Hotel in Auckland yesterday. They entered the hotel shouting slogans against the Government's changes, which include making it easier to fire workers, extending the 90-day trial for new staff and tightening union access to workplaces. Despite protesters repeatedly charging the police line, shift commander Wayne Kitcher said there were no arrests or injuries to officers.
Now that the CTU have just learned that John Key is not their friend (they were very slow in criticizing the 90 day right to sack when it didn't concern their members, now they're beside themselves because National predictably expanded it to their work places as well). Unite always saw where this was going and protested it but protests will need to get much sharper, and now the gloves are off, that protest will only build, but it was a nice start on Sunday.
The hilarity is that the merchant banker is telling you the little work ant that he's giving his rich prick mates the right to sack you, because the merchant banker loves you the little worker ant. Forget the fact that this system fired one in five workers, forget the fact 300,000 workers are in the first 90 days at any one time during the employment cycle, forget that we have one of the highest unemployment rates in a decade. Oh no, those issues don't matter, the merchant banker is doing this because he loves you the worker ant.
Banning Unions from the work place, creating the pressures that will force workers to hand over their 4th week of holiday (only rich people have a right to holidays, workers don't), gutting the training and education budgets for Unions and of course expanding the right to sack from just companies of 20 people to all companies.
Remember the excuses given to us from our right wing friends on line in favour of this right to sack? That in a small business a person who didn't 'fit in' could damage productivity, that argument was just a trojan horse to get the right to sack implemented because expanding this power to ALL companies clearly walks right over the top of the first argument the right wing used to defend the 90 day right to sack.
And what is the evidence the Merchant Banker is trying to use to con you the worker ant that it's all for you? A bullshit Department of Labour report that asks the boss man how he is liking his new powers to sack at will, well shit me sideways, the bosses all seem to love it. Why not ask the workers being sacked, the 22%, the one in 5 workers who were sacked without reason if the system is working? Apparently the Department of Labour decided only to ask the boss man, not those being impacted by the boss man.
At the protest I watched as some Young Nats walked across the road. Listening to their smug and abusive comments towards the protesters was the most eye opening event of the day, their contempt at the concept of workers rights was a great insight into the next Tory leaders of tomorrow, based on their abuse that tomorrow ain't no friend to social justice.
This declaration of war on the workers by National is aimed at raising funds from the Auckland Business Mafia who bankrolled the last election and want to see some right wing flag waving and nothing boosts the war chest through anonymous donations into the Waitamata Trust than some old fashioned class war union busting.
This Government's vacant aspiration Daddy State is not moderate, it's hard right economic policy being sold as social policy.