The Sunday Star Times reports [page 4, currently offline] that Telecom has hired a private investigation company, Corporate Investigations, to spy on the lines engineers it sacked and is now trying to force into dependent contracting.
That’s right, not content with ripping these workers’ livelihoods out of their hands Telecom now has them under surveillance and is threatening them. I reckon they’ll be doing it so they can target the workers who are not protesting to hard-sell them the crappy contracts and to try and scare protesting workers into silence.
Doesn’t look like that’s going to work. The workers union, the EPMU, is going to push for all files on its members to be released.
Also, doesn’t look like Telecom has a chance of silencing the locals who have had no phones for weeks and are subsequently losing thousands from their small businesses and having their safety put at risk.
This all shows is that Telecom doesn’t give a f*ck about its workers or its customers or its image. The only thing they seem to care about is ripping as many dollars out of their decaying network as they can to pay for their big fat salaries.
We’ve put up with these greedy corporate thugs and the class war they’ve waged against ordinary Kiwis for too long. It’s time to take the network off them and show them the door.