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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Hobbit manufactured crises adds unionist death threats to corporate welfare and rammed through employment law 'wins'

Death threats fly over Hobbit
Actresses and unionists have received threats, including some against their lives, during the heated row over The Hobbit movie.

Police have been called and private security arranged for some of those targeted.

The worst threats appear to have been aimed at Australian union boss Simon Whipp and Actors' Equity organiser Frances Walsh, although actresses Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Robyn Malcolm have also been abused.

The threats have become so bad the union has hired a guard for its Auckland office.

John Drinnan is doing some good reporting on this Hobbit farce, but the mainstream media's unquestioning regurgitation of hysterical union bashing as a manufactured crises negotiating tactic by Warners to extract more corporate welfare from our Merchant Banking Optimist Prime has now led to death threats against Unionist's, Robyn Malcolm and Helen Kelly who have done nothing more than courageously stand up for the basic human right of collective bargaining. Watching the way they have been denigrated and proclaimed as 'damaged goods' is right out of a Paul Henry supporters character assassination wet dream.

You would need to go back to the 1950's waterfront strike to see an equivalent level of union hysteria in the mainstream media.

What a shameful little additional moment of spite these threats are on the day National rammed employment law through under a misuse of urgency at the bidding of a foreign corporation all because we were so easily manipulated into divide and rule corporate tactics.

The real outcry should be that John Key has handed out more corporate welfare while slashing domestic welfare. The NZ mainstream TV news spent more time on the death of a psychic octopus than any real critical analysis of this manufactured crises negotiating tactic.


At 29/10/10 9:46 pm, Anonymous The Hag said...

A head long dash right back to 1929.

At 30/10/10 6:55 am, Anonymous Carol said...

And yet, John Key must think the unions had a good case as he's included a subsidy or tax break for Hobbit actors and other workers in his deal with Warners.

At 30/10/10 1:05 pm, Anonymous Sdm said...

It is not a basic human right for contractors to collectively bargin.

At 30/10/10 3:01 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

It is not a basic human right for contractors to collectively bargin.

Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights identifies the ability to organise trade unions as a fundamental human right. Still not happy Robyn Malcolm's house hasn't been burnt down Scott?

At 30/10/10 4:45 pm, Anonymous Sdm said...

I think you will find that silencing dissidence is a characteristic of the left bomber. I want more speech, not less. I dont want Robyn hurt, I just happen to disagree with her.

Look when you work, you can either be employed or contract. I employ both. Each has its pro's and con's. Explain to me why you think someone should be able to enter a contract as a contractor, and then change 8the rules?

At 9/11/10 10:48 am, Anonymous Frank Macskasy said...


"It is not a basic human right for contractors to collectively bargin."

And yet it's ok for businesses to form "associations"; professionals to form their own professional groupings; dairy farmers to form Fonterra; apple growers to market under Enza; right wingers to form ACT or National; etc, etc, etc, etc, etc...?

Funny. It was fine when Polish workers formed Solidarnosc and thumbed their collective noses at Moscow. Then they were heroes.

"Explain to me why you think someone should be able to enter a contract as a contractor, and then change 8the rules?"

Because if the "contractor" becomes more like an employee, and the original status is simply a way for the Employer to weasel out of his/her responsibilities to their workers - then it's a rort.

Employing 50 "contractors" rather than 50 employees on an assembly line means the Employer has nil responsibilities to pay for holidays, ACC levies, tax, etc.

I think it's fairly obvious why having your workforce labelled as "contractors" benefits the Employer, Sdm. It's not exactly a well-kept secret tactic.


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