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Key’s brighter future

Written By: - Date published: 11:16 am, January 24th, 2013 - 8 comments
Categories: john key, wages, workers' rights - Tags:

“I’d love to see wages drop”. Remember when John Key  said that? Well now our glorious PM is getting all excited about how we can attract investment with our low wages and lack of employment protections.

To quote the Herald:

John Key says Hollywood finds New Zealand more attractive than other countries because it does not have a strong union movement.

The comment was made by the Prime Minister in a briefing to the Cabinet after his high-profile trip to Hollywood in October.

He told Cabinet colleagues that feedback from the visit – which included a private dinner with some of the most powerful movie-makers in the world – showed New Zealand appealed because it had “a flexible labour market and an educated workforce which is not heavily unionised”.

This, and a lack of “fringe payments”, were advantages for New Zealand in the international tussle for Hollywood’s business.  Fringe payments typically include superannuation and healthcare.

That’s right people. We’re all going to get rich by being cheap labour. A brighter future indeed.

8 comments on “Key’s brighter future”

  1. One Tāne Huna 1

    It’s interesting to be marketed so dispassionately.

  2. tracey 2

    And yet know one came name major productions currently underway or planned…

  3. end o times viper shorts 3

    there’s this one: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/8188749/Arnie-may-film-Conan-in-Wellington

    saying that I find the whole incentives and employment tactics distasteful (understatement) and akin to the whole convention centre bluster – smoke and mirrors

  4. Naki nark 4

    Grrr! Sometime it seems like Nacts want no one to have a job & every one should be poor!

  5. Even to think of full employment under any Tory government is living in cuckoo land . Unfortunately
    it’s the working class who keep falling for the “full employment con” the Tories keep saying . The rich and big business know exactly what their party is up too.

  6. tracey 6

    thanks to those above. my question was genuine.

    one of keys quotes at ratana today is laughable. something about being judged on deeds not words

  7. When the Oscars come up, I have a feeling that Les Misérables will gain more success than The Hobbit.

    Why?

    Les Misérables is about the courage of people to overcome exploitation and adversity.

    The Hobbit, meanwhile, exploited people and caused adversity, simply to be produced.

    Hollywood actors, producers, etc, – many of whom are liberal-minded – will have noticed what went on in this country in 2010.

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