Some people seem to think the government has cleverly covered up its employment law changes with its announcement on Part 6A yesterday.
I guess I was assuming people would remember the rest of the changes on employment law were revealed way back in May this year, when a cabinet paper dropped off the back of a truck and the Minister of Labour was forced to confirm the government’s plans – that’s after saying I was making it all up first! The changes will impact on the pay and conditions of hundreds of thousands of workers whose wages and conditions are set by union agreements – whether or not they join the union. They will contribute to the growing income inequality gap and add to our abysmal child poverty record.
They are the actions of a government that thinks that picking on the workers and unions and driving wages down is the answer to our economic woes.
Here’s a summary of the changes I did back in May.
We have yet to see legislation – but there will be strong opposition from me and Labour.
And for the record - Labour will repeal these changes – I didn’t think I needed to say it, but apparently I do.