Unions and Labour outraged over new bill
Unions and Labour reacted with cries of outrage yesterday about a new bill that has the capacity to severely dent the effectiveness of strike action and which threatens to increase conflict on picket lines.
Since 2000, the law has prevented employers hiring temporary staff during strike action and the new bill would allow it.
The Employment Relations (Continuity of Labour) Amendment Bill in the name of National’s Botany MP, Jami-Lee Ross, was draw from the private members’ bill ballot and was introduced to Parliament yesterday.
It is almost certain to make it to select committee with the support of National for a first reading vote and the likely support initially of Act leader John Banks and United Future leader Peter Dunne.
We can’t Feed the Kids from a private members bill, but we do have time to crush the unions? Center-Right? Try Stormtrooper, romper-stomper Hard Right.
Simon Lusk/Cameron Slater client MP, Jami-Lee Ross has had his legalizing scabs private members Bill drawn and it spells real danger for the NZ Union movement.
The law change would allow bosses to employ scabs, removing the last fang from the Union’s mouth. It’s a clear declaration of war against the Unions and National Party strategists will be rubbing their hands with glee over the opportunity to provoke industrial disputes across the spectrum and then point to the resulting actions as proof that the Unions have run amok and legalizing scabs is the answer.
Expect Slater to go into over drive with foaming hatred and expect the mainstream media (as they did during the manufactured crisis at the Hobbit) to bash hell out of the Unions.
National need a new section of the community to project divisive hate at now beneficiaries have been beaten to a bloody pulp and the Unions provide them with the perfect bogeyman to blame National’s lack of economic stewardship on.
Expect National’s proxies in employment to immediately start provoking fights with the Unions and expect the Ports of Auckland to try and crucify MUNZ.
This presents the left with some interesting options. If Labour are as lackluster in their support for Unions because Fox News Democrats like Josie Pagani want them to step away from their traditional allies for suburban brand marketing purposes, then it allows the Greens & MANA to woo Union support away from Labour coffers.
If Labour strategists wake up and block Pagani from their twitter feed and see this as a means to re-engage with Unions and their concern for working people then Labour will bounce back into the fight.
National have come to a fist fight with a shotgun and murderous intent. This is not a centre-right Government, it’s a far right Government.