Tonight was another horror night in our parliament. And no-one was in the gallery to see.
The National Government, supported by ACT AND the Maori Party rushed through legislation under urgency (again) for no good reason to take away the 4th week of your holidays.
Under the guise of “negotiation” with employers, and other code words such as “flexibility”, “choice” and “trading up” the upshot is that you get to trade one week of your precious holidays, that’s time with your family, for an extra week’s pay. Do you get a pay rise? No. What do you get out of it? A bit more money but less time off.
Selling our annual leave. Is it a good idea? No. The National Government thinks you should be grateful.
Why did the Maori Party support it? Can they tell us? Who’s interests are being served here?
This Bill contained many other unpleasant consequences for wage and salary earners. Making it much harder for you to take sick leave. My colleagues will no doubt talk more about this and the other provisions.
Labour argued strenuously and eloquently against this Bill. In particular my colleagues Trevor Mallard, Carol Beaumont and Darien Fenton.
But we don’t have the numbers. These are your working conditions. They’re gone. Wake up NZ. You’re being screwed.