Watching Key tour Progressive Enterprises today was bad enough but watching him claim to support those workers in the leaders debate was sickening considering his party’s stance in 2006 when those same workers were locked out of their employment for daring to ask for a decent pay rise.
At the time National’s employment spokesperson (who still runs the show behind the absurd facade that is Kate Wilkinson) was Wayne Mapp. Here’s what he had to say in the charmingly titled release “Unions drag everyone down” regarding the plight of hundreds of workers fighting to feed their families:
Labour has reduced the freedom of non-union workers and employers, making it much more difficult to do business.
And here he is calling Palmerston North MP Steve Maharey “hard left” for supporting locked-out Palmerston North workers and claiming it was about “helping wreck businesses in Palmertson North”:
So John Key and National support these workers? Not when it really mattered they didn’t.