Watching Key on Breakfast this morning I was surprised to see him talking about the need for higher wages (about two thirds of the way through).
That’s nice to hear but given National’s policy is to reduce work rights and make it harder for working Kiwis to negotiate a better deal it seems a bit rich.
For example the non-union collective agreement policy National is proposing is exactly the vehicle that Telstra is using in Aussie to de-unionize its workforce and strip wages and conditions from tens of thousands of its workers.
And on top of National’s right-stripping policy is their voting record on work rights which shows an entrenched opposition to every piece of legislation to increase workers’ rights and raise wages. In fact it really does look like National is a party that really doesn’t want your average Kiwi worker to get higher wages at all.
I guess it’s this kind of credibility gap between what National says and what it does that makes it so hard for voters to trust them.