The Warehouse employees are feeling disrespected after the company used the Government’s wage subsidy scheme but is now axing work for hundreds of people.
This is surely the moment when NZ says, ‘Ok, no more. No. You are breaking the ‘everyone gets a bargain’ deal we cut with you in 1982.
The deal went like this.
We would accept the Warehouse gutting all the local stores and destroy community retailing by allowing the fucking Tindall family to import giga tones of cheap shit from overseas IF and only IF they employed huge numbers of people who wouldn’t normally be able to get a job anywhere else.
They were granted their opportunity to destroy local retailing on the understanding they hired people with minimum skill sets.
That was the unspoken deal as NZ went into the throws of the neoliberal deregulation free market revolution.
Fast forward to 2020 and the Warehouse’s vast free market supply chain is not only part of the vector for the Covid virus, it’s part of the problem of unsustainable naked consumerism.
With the Warehouse dumping jobs, no one is getting a bargain.
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