Good to see John Key’s lies over the 90 day fire at will law are starting to catch up with him.
Following yesterday’s exchange in the House, the Herald has picked up on Key’s smug assurances that even though his law will explicitly remove our right to even be given a reason why we’re getting the sack, somehow the good faith provisions in the ERA would still require the employer the give one.
The 90-day trial is covered by good faith provisions,” Mr Key told the House.
“It is reasonable to accept that that includes giving a basic reason. However, there is no reason for a formal written reason.”
Unfortunately for Key, while he might be able to spin that bullshit to his starstruck pizza delivery guy, the employment experts aren’t fooled.
Employment law specialist Jane Latimer said the Prime Minister’s claim was arguable. “The question is: is not telling someone why they’ve been dismissed at the time of their dismissal being uncommunicative or unresponsive?
“And it could go both ways, depending if you have a narrow view of being ‘communicative and responsive’, or having a broader view.”
She noted if a worker was dismissed and did not ask for a reason why, an employer would have no legal obligation to tell them.
John Key has lied to us about the contents of his politically compromised Department of Labour report.
He has lied to us about the reason he’s making changes to sick leave provisions.
He’s even resorted to smearing workers in the meat industry to undermine their already miserable sick leave entitlements.
And now he’s lying to cover the fact he wants to make it so that even more people can be fired for no reason and never even be told the reason why.
Rather than banging on about Sanjay the pizza guy*, perhaps Key should have a chat with Alison the art valuer and the many other Kiwis who are already being sacked for no reason under his unfair, anti-worker employment laws.
[*who he doesn’t seem to realise is an independent contractor, not an employee.]