web analytics

Happy Oompa Loompas?

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 9 comments
Categories: business, capitalism, class, class war, unemployment, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

There’s not much I can say about this. Yes, I’ve been in WINZ seminars where unemployment is sold back as an opportunity, and yes, I’ve encountered enough bosses who effortlessly, and even with indulgent smiles, slide on by any sliver of conscience they might still have. But then there’s Cadbury’s…

Here’s the link to an Otago Daily Times piece (quoted below) that’s accompanied by a video.

During the motivational ceremony, Mondelez International Dunedin site manager Judith Mair gave the workers a  graduation pack, chock-a-block with goodies to help inspire them.Each received a copy of the Dr Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! During her speech, she quoted from the book.

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

“That’s so true for all of us right now,” she said.

The pack also included a pair of Cadbury socks (for walking in the direction you choose), a box of Cadbury Favourites (to sustain them on their journey), and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate their achievements.

I really don’t think I can say much.  My heads reeling…at the employers display of faux concern; at the worker’s gratitude; at  the facile descriptive nature of the reporting. A song line from Chumbawamba’s 1987 “Never Mind the Ballots” is about all that comes to mind. “They break our legs. And we say Thankyou when they offer us crutches.”

Footnote. The Oompa loompas in the post’s graphic are spelling out YMCA. Make of that what you will.


9 comments on “Happy Oompa Loompas? ”

  1. Michael 1

    Most of those so honoured will be kicked to the curb in a few week’s time when Cadburys/Mondelez closes the factory – not because the workers are losing the multinational’s money but because they are not making enough. Dunedin, in the form of the city council and the Otago Daily Times, are forced to grovel and prostrate themselves before Mondelez, as they are doing in the front-page advertorial this morning, in order to stop the corporate barons from dismantling the plant and destroying it completely, as they threatened if the city and its people did not display a reverential attitude towards them. This act of capitalist destruction would frustrate efforts by the Council to retain the plant, and a few of the redundant workers, as a museum to the good old days when the city actually produced things, even if only blocks of glutinous, artery-clogging Caramello (it’s no coincidence that Dunedin also hosts a busy cardiology group at its hospital although it, too, is under threat of closure by neloiberal interests). Anyway, a prescient vignette of contemporary provincial Aotearoa.

    • Bill 1.1

      The thing about hoping to appease the Mondelez’s of this world is that it simply makes it all the easier for them to bring the boot down and to then apply a final excruciating twist of the boot sole that finally snubs out any would be appeaser.

      That plant will be destroyed if that’s what Mondelez want to do. No amount of genuflection by any City Council will make one iota of difference to that decision.

      Being “nice” is hugely dis-empowering and just paves the way rather more pleasantly (for Mondelez) than might otherwise be the case.

    • Ovid 1.2

      Dunedin has suffered so many blows in recent years. Fisher and Paykel, AgResearch, the Hillside works, Cadbury and now the university. We’ve got a hospital falling apart too.

      It’s home, but I dunno. Everyone has a breaking point.

      • cathy 1.2.1

        personally i think the hillside works was the most criminal of that

        mark one up for bill english

  2. AB 2

    Workers develop loyalty to their co-workers and to the products they make. As a result they don’t always behave in ways that would seem rational to an outsider. Personally, I spent a couple of years travelling backwards and forward to Asia, in effect outsourcing myself. That’s because I didn’t want the products and software I’d worked on for 15 years to be totally f*cked up. Of course, there was a little rational voice telling me (correctly) that they would be f*cked up whatever I did.
    In any case – that loyalty is super easy for employers to exploit. The exploitation is always couched in the unctuous language commonly used in business.

    • cathy 2.1

      fully understand you not wanting to see years of your work fcuked up, i’ve been in that situation as well and am facing the same thing again now

      the hardest thing is accepting that it will happen regardless of your efforts

  3. adam 3

    I just threw up in my mouth.

    We are so far down the road towards slavery/serfdom again, it could happen anytime soon.

  4. Shona 4

    My dad milked a small herd of cows for abut 10 years( 65 or 70) on our sustainable, organic mixed (pastoral and cropping) Taieri Plains farm, and supplied Cadbury during those 10 years with milk. Dad reckoned it was the best paid dairy gig he ever did ( he had had 3 dairy farms). We also got boxes of Hudson’s biscuits as part of the deal. We thought it was bliss. Life was great!
    It saddens me greatly to see Cadbury’s close. What Mondelez are doing is identical to Goodman Fielder Watties and their tactics in Gore when closing the grain mills there and destroying the grain cropping biz in Southland thereby setting up good land to be poisoned by dairying.

  5. Tracey 5

    The arrogance of ignorance borne most often from a place of privilege.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • What’s Labour achieved so far?
    Quite a bit! This Government was elected to take on the toughest issues facing Aotearoa – and that’s what we’re doing. Since the start of the pandemic, protecting lives and livelihoods has been a priority, but we’ve also made progress on long-term challenges, to deliver a future the next generation ...
    3 days ago
  • Tackling the big issues in 2022
    This year, keeping Kiwis safe from COVID will remain a key priority of the Government – but we’re also pushing ahead on some of New Zealand’s biggest long-term challenges. In 2022, we’re working to get more Kiwis into homes, reduce emissions, lift children out of poverty, and ensure people get ...
    5 days ago
  • Happy new year, Aotearoa!
    Welcome to 2022! As we look ahead to another year of progress on the big issues facing our country, we’re taking a look back at the year that’s been and everything the team of five million achieved together in 2021. ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Aotearoa New Zealand stands ready to assist people of Tonga
    The thoughts of New Zealanders are with the people of Tonga following yesterday’s undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says. “Damage assessments are under way and New Zealand has formally offered to provide assistance to Tonga,” said Nanaia Mahuta. New Zealand has made an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Record high of new homes consented continues
    In the year ended November 2021, 48,522 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the November 2020 year. In November 2021, 4,688 new dwellings were consented. Auckland’s new homes consented numbers rose 25 per cent in the last year. Annual figures for the last nine months show more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Report trumpets scope for ice cream exports
    Latest research into our premium ice cream industry suggests exporters could find new buyers in valuable overseas markets as consumers increasingly look for tip top quality in food. Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash has released a new report for the Food and Beverage Information Project. The project is run by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Honouring the legacy of legendary kaumātua Muriwai Ihakara
    Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage Kiri Allan expressed her great sadness and deepest condolences at the passing of esteemed kaumātua, Muriwai Ihakara. “Muriwai’s passing is not only a loss for the wider creative sector but for all of Aotearoa New Zealand. The country has lost a much beloved ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Have your say on proposed changes to make drinking water safer
    Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan is urging all New Zealanders to give feedback on proposed changes aimed at making drinking water safer. “The current regulations are not fit for purpose and don’t offer enough protection, particularly for those whose water comes from smaller supplies,” Kiri Allan said. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Planting the seeds for rewarding careers
    A boost in funding for a number of Jobs for Nature initiatives across Canterbury will provide sustainable employment opportunities for more than 70 people, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The six projects are diverse, ranging from establishing coastline trapping in Kaikōura, to setting up a native plant nursery, restoration planting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand congratulates Tonga's new Prime Minister on appointment
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Hon Hu'akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni on being appointed Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Tonga have an enduring bond and the Kingdom is one of our closest neighbours in the Pacific. We look forward to working with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • High-tech investment extends drought forecasting for farmers and growers
    The Government is investing in the development of a new forecasting tool that makes full use of innovative climate modelling to help farmers and growers prepare for dry conditions, Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor said.  The new approach, which will cost $200,000 and is being jointly funded through the Ministry for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Support for fire-hit Waiharara community
    The government will contribute $20,000 towards a Mayoral Relief Fund to support those most affected by the fires in Waiharara in the Far North, Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan says. “I have spoken to Far North Mayor John Carter about the effect the fires continue to have, on residents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Manawatū’s ‘oases of nature’ receive conservation boost
    The Government is throwing its support behind projects aimed at restoring a cluster of eco-islands and habitats in the Manawatū which were once home to kiwi and whio. “The projects, which stretch from the Ruahine Ranges to the Horowhenua coastline, will build on conservation efforts already underway and contribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to continue Solomon Islands support
    A New Zealand Defence Force and Police deployment to help restore peace and stability to Solomon Islands is being scaled down and extended. The initial deployment followed a request for support from Solomon Islands Government after riots and looting in capital Honiara late last month. They joined personnel from Australia, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Our Pacific community shares in New Year’s Honours
    Prominent Pacific health champion Faumuina Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours list. Professor Sopoaga has been a champion for Pacific Health at Otago University, said Minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. “She’s overseen changes in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Congratulations to Māori New Year’s Honours stars of 2022
    Kei aku rangatira kua whakawhiwhia koutou ki ngā tohu ā tō tātou kuīni hei whakanui nui i ā koutou mahi rangatira i hāpai i te manotini puta noa i a Aotearoa. Ko koutou ngā tino tauira. I whanake i ngā hapori, iwi, hapū, whānau me te motu anō hoki. Mauri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Top honours for women in sport
    Minister of Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson has congratulated Olympian Lisa Carrington and Paralympian Sophie Pascoe on being made Dames Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) in the 2022 New Year Honours. Lisa Carrington is New Zealand’s most successful Olympian, having won five gold and one bronze ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM congratulates 2022 New Year Honours recipients
    The New Zealanders recognised in the New Year 2022 Honours List represent the determination and service exemplified by so many New Zealanders during what has been another tough year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “I never fail to be amazed by the outstanding things ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Good news for communities and environment with progress at two polluted sites
    Two sites in Northland and Manawatū are now safer for the community and the environment after projects to clean up and remediate the effects of pollution. Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the safe removal of hazardous waste from the Sustainable Solvents Ltd site in Ruakaka, Northland. “This project involved ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago