The award for doing as little as possible for Union and Worker Rights goes to Labour
Based on the hysterical reaction by the bosses and employers of New Zealand, Labour’s very mild employment changes will usher in an era of Soviet Union era boat yard industrial relations and that Western Civilisation itself will fail.
According to the bosses, planes will fall from the sky and cats and dogs will start living together.
The absurdity of the reaction to what are very small changes in Worker Rights highlights how difficult a job Labour have.
Not a lot of people know this but in 2014 one of the large Trucking companies put out a letter to all their workers and threatened massive job losses if Labour came to power. Labour are trying to inch Union rights and worker rights along without enraging employer groups.
That sort of thing makes tweets like this look terribly misplaced…
After 9 years of crushing worker rights and union rights Andrew is actually offering very little…
1) Increasing the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour.
2) Replacing the current National Government’s ‘fire at will’ law with fair trial periods that provide both protection against unjustified dismissal and a simple, fair, and fast referee service.
3) Introducing Fair Pay Agreements that set fair, basic employment conditions across an industry based on the employment standards that apply in that industry.
4) Promoting the Living Wage by paying it to all workers in the core public service, and extending it to contractors over time.
…the minium wage increase is pretty mediocre, the fire at will law was always unfair, promotion of living wage is pretty meaningless but the Fair Pay Agreement is a good first step.
All these things are pretty easy and simple and not radical at all, but the response by bosses shows how little room Labour have left themselves with to manoeuvre. By refusing a Corbyn style radicalism, Labour are left having to dance to the tune of the bosses.