National are economic failures. Unemployment is up two thirds under their watch (from 97,000 to 162,000) and still rising. Household incomes are falling behind inflation. Manufacturing firms are closing up and making workers redundant. People are fleeing to Aussie in record numbers looking for jobs and decent wages So, what’s Key’s solution? Drive down wages by attacking workers’ right to organise.
At least they had the decency to be a bit shame-faced about it. Key didn’t talk about it at the post-Cabinet press conference on Monday, even though Cabint voted on it that day. And, when the press release did come out, it hid the far-reaching changes at the bottom of the release below the changes to Part 6A. It seems even National releases that they’re economic failures and that there’s no justification for taking their failure out on working New Zealanders.
Why would National try to attack workers’ unions? Because unions equal higher wages and that means less of the production surplus goes to National’s mates in the boss class:
(this graph is a couple of years old, I’ll try to get old Marty to make us an updated one)