Yesterday Clare Curran released her procurement members bill which would see Kiwi firms being given a preference for government purchasing.
Just the thing for Kiwi Businesses you would think – after all what business wouldn’t support a bit of help in these hard times?
As I said yesterday business representatives should be right behind this bill.
Sadly for business their representative, Business New Zealand CEO Phil O’Reilly, seems more interested in political ideology than in the best interests of his members. Here’s what he had to say:
‘The Government has set up a procurement working group to address these issues. Information so far gathered indicates New Zealand companies just want a fair go.
‘They don’t want special treatment or featherbedding. They realise they need to produce a world class product at a world class price and they realise also that featherbedding will lead them to being less competitive internationally.
This is akin to a union rep telling an employer his members don’t want a pay-rise and if I were a member of Business NZ I’d be a little bit unhappy with this.
But, as Gordon Campbell has pointed out, some “representatives” of business seem more interested in small-government ideology than in getting the best deal for their members.
In a union members get to vote on who represents them. I wonder how much say O’Reilly’s members have.