Governments and capitalists are always banging on about how the private sector is more efficient than the public sector., so I’ve got a modest proposal for them.
The MBIE is a government funded department that is supposed to enforce the labour laws of this country. It has done such a poor job it failed to examine and pay its own workers correct holiday pay.
Contrast that with the work small unions like Unite have done- exposing bullies and bosses that rip off migrant workers. clawing back backpay from gigantic multinationals who stole breaks or pay rises from mimium wage workers, and leading a campaign to end zero hours, triggering changes in the law.
My modest proposal.
Confiscate the assets and impose massive fines on companies that break the law of New Zealand, like Masala restaurants. But instead of paying bureaucrats big salaries in a Government ministry, use the funds to subcontract campaigns of enforcement, using highly efficient, lean private sector unions to drive the cowboys out of business.
We can start Monday going up and down Dominion Road, in hi viz vests, like traffic wardens-
busting all those dodgy restaurants for a start.
Alternatively, I could show my well salaried colleagues in the Labour Inspectorate where half way down Dominion Road is on google maps.