John Key told the Seafood Council today that if National is re-elected in November, further changes will be made to employment law.
I’m guessing they won’t be good changes for workers, especially when he boasted “trade unions won’t like them.”
He claims a flexible labour market is good for employers and workers. Does he mean the one in five women employed in the public sector who work overtime for no extra pay as reported today by the PSA? Does he meant the contribution they make of an estimated 2.5 million hours of unpaid work a year, worth about $54.5 million and equivalent to 1360 full-time jobs?
What I’m hearing repeatedly from John Key’s National Government now is that working people make no contribution to the economy – they have no role in productivity, should have no say in the workplace and most of all, should not expect either to have rights or to know anything about them.
Although the government has made some pretty hideous changes to employment rights, I thought we’d got past the real ideological crap of the past.
But it’s heading our way in force. Cuts to workers rights, low pay, asset sales and welfare changes – to name just a few things.
Sounds like a government with no plan to me.