From the firefighters’ protest against John Key’s pay freeze:
Really highlights the double standard in a government that tolerates Bill English’s rorts then has the cheek to turn around and tell the rest of us to show restraint.
On another note, it was interesting to see in the 3 News piece John Key using private sector pay freezes as an excuse not to give these firefighters a pay rise. It’s the same argument English is using for the rest of the public sector.
Funny thing is, when I talk to my friends in the unions they tell me private sector employers are justifying their zero wage offers by referencing the government’s public sector wage freeze.
This is usually followed by “we’ve all got to be aware of what’s happening out there, you know, plenty of people are taking a pay cut this year, why you’re just lucky you’ve got a job at all.”
Which, in essence, is basically what John Key told the firefighters in the picture. For a man who claims he wants wages to rise John Key sure seems to spend a lot of time talking them down.