Nat MP Jami-Lee Ross’ Employment Relations (Continuity of Labour) Amendment Bill is a nasty piece of work. It is supported by John Key, of course. But it doesn’t have many other friends. From last week:
Employers group wary of strike-breaking Bill
A leading business lobby warns a strike-breaking bill to come before Parliament will prove ”divisive” and could be a bridge too far. …
Kim Campbell, chief executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association, said the bill appeared to be a good idea ”at first flush”, but this did not take into account unintended consequences. “While its principles are worth exploring it could prove very divisive,” Campbell said. “New Zealand communities place a high value on fairness and the Bill could have consequences that would be considered unfair. …
Campbell added that employers did not want employment law to change every time there was a change of Government ”and we can foresee law based on this Bill may not last”.
In related news, Peter Dunne got back to work today, and reminded us all that while he may be an unusually vacuous politician (and a foolish popinjay to boot), he is at least better to have in Parliament than yet one more Nat lobby-fodder back bencher. Bravo Peter Dunne:
Dunne not backing crack down on strikes
The United Future leader says he won’t support National MP Jami-Lee Ross’s members’ Bill that would allow employers to hire contract workers when their employees go on strike.
Mr Dunne says it is a step to far and he thinks the right to strike is an important part of industrial law.
Let’s hope it’s another win for workers and for MMP.