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Daily review 09/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, April 9th, 2015 - 22 comments
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Angry John KeyThis is an experimental post to see how a second open mike type post would work.

Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

22 comments on “Daily review 09/04/2015 ”

  1. b waghorn 1

    Sanford’s are laying off240 workers in there Christchurch mussel factory due to less muscles being harvested ,apparently the cause of this diminished harvest is warmer waters around the top of the south island.
    And yet our government is still sitting on it’s hands around climate change.
    Why are we not being world leaders like we have in the past?
    Is it weakness of character or lack of intelligence from our leaders.?

  2. felix 2

    So I see Corrections is axing 260 jobs at three prisons.

    Just in time for the new Serco run prison which opens in 4 weeks.

    How convenient.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Rust and tories never sleep …

      • felix 2.1.1

        ‘Not to worry, the jobs will be replaced by zero-hour Serco contracts at lower rates and in worse conditions’ etc etc

        • b waghorn 2.1.1.1

          But they’ll give you twenty grand to transfer to south Auckland that should pay the first couple of weeks on the mortgage.

    • Tracey 2.2

      b waghorn & Felix… but

      LOOK!

      OVER THERE!

      Near parity with aussie dollar…

      And a knighthood for brendan mccullum

      Look!!!!

    • Saarbo 2.3

      The other big issue here is that these prisons are important employers in the regions, the jobs that are replacing them are in Auckland. This government doesn’t give a rats arse about the regions. 180 jobs to disappear from Waikeria…if a prison needs upgrading, then upgrade the fucken thing, don’t close it down and build a new one in haemorrhaging Auckland.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/270795/corrections-plan-to-close-parts-of-3-prisons

      • felix 2.3.1

        Exactly. And the head of Corrections says they have to go to Auckland because that’s where everyone is going.

        ffs the govt is the only institution large enough to be capable of going against demographic trends in order to drive a desired outcome, but these fuckwits just throw their hands in the air and leave everything to the wind.

  3. adam 3

    Is anyone else getting the feeling we got a right-wing toady in Len Brown? This is a guy, who can’t even lie straight – and now he’s blaming everyone else. MMMMM think I recognise those tactics, from that politician who represents Helensville.

  4. miravox 4

    Elections ae? “Robotic and rehearsed” A ‘how to’ guide courtesy of the Tories.

    Can’t even convince a 6 year-old.

    • Anne 4.1

      Reminds me of the [insert name here] and [insert electorate here] during NActs first term in office (2008/2011). At that stage, their MPs and secretaries couldn’t be trusted to write a proper letter. It came to light when Anne Tolley’s secretary sent a letter to the Gisborne Herald and forgot to remove the [inserts].

  5. Atiawa 5

    A 19 year old woman explained to me today that her bank employer invited her to attend a meeting to discuss a policy breech she was aware of committing in early January. Thankfully her mother rang the families lawyer to attend the meeting with her as the letter outlining the allegation relating to the policy breech contained some threatening language. When the meeting commenced the employer had 8 members of their leadership team in attendance.
    The story gets worse and I won’t bore you with that detail, but 8 people representing the bank against a young woman and her families lawyer who for all intents and purposes would be unfamiliar with employment law, but knowledgeable enough about natural justice procedure’s.
    Work place bullying comes in all shapes and size’s and employers using tactics of intimidation are the worse offenders.

    • tracey 5.1

      8 people??? yikes.

      • repateet 5.1.1

        Now that’s the sort of story that Campbell Live covers, so that’s a good reason to can Campbell. We don’t like stuff like that being aired and workers getting uppity about their rights.

    • Anne 5.2

      That story sounds to me like its worthy of a public airing. It may well prove intolerable for her to continue working there, so she would have nothing to lose and perhaps everything to gain?

      • Atiawa 5.2.1

        Yes, a public airing would work and have the bank scurrying to protect it’s reputation.
        There must be regular similar occurrences of bad employer behaviour and for most workers no one/where to turn to for assistance.
        Maybe Labour and their affiliate unions can start providing some free advice to vulnerable and especially young workers. It wouldn’t do any harm to either’s relevance.

        • Skinny 5.2.1.1

          Dare I ask is she a member of First Union who represent bank workers? If not I suggest she join up. While the family’s lawyer may contain the bank from getting overly heavy handed this time around, a finance sector union will cut any further crap. Your young friend is exposed otherwise I’m afraid.

          • Atiawa 5.2.1.1.1

            No she wasn’t a union member and your suggestion of joining was discussed.
            But most young workers have no idea about unionism and what unions stand for. Unions need to focus on what they can achieve albeit under difficult conditions, hence my 5.2.1 comment. Unions and the Labour party need to be working closer in a practical way.

        • whateva next? 5.2.1.2

          Young people have never needed unions as the work was done long ago. Sadly by the time they realise what unions achieved, it will all be lost, and they will have to start again. Buoyed by Unite’s progress though.
          I hear about certain aged care facilities asking if the job applicant is in a union, and making it very clear they prefer the applicant not to join one.
          Very scary.

          • Skinny 5.2.1.2.1

            A complaint to the human rights commission after a name and shame process (highly illegal too try bully workers from joining a union), sounds in order.

        • Skinny 5.2.1.3

          The CTU does give advice and runs campaigns for all workers wanting to learn about unions and joining the appropriate sector union. I even think they ran a campaign covering all working family members at next to nothing for the newbies.

          Young Labour and the young Greens are quite active in most if not all University’s and Polytechnic’s in NZ. They cover young workers rights very well. In saying this young workers need to help themselves by scoping benefits of Unions, a quick google search and 10 minutes reading should be sufficient. Saves the cost of being wounded a years union fees run off to the family lawyer for one meeting. Also it is hardly going get your friend employee of the month with the bosses is it. Seek protection of First Union before more bullets start flying the next one could be fatal is my advice. Heard many stories like this before, the ones that join a union the others are picked off without much fuss.

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