So the question is: will John Key turn us into a tin-pot banana republic by changing employment law to suit Warners, and make one movie?
Are we going to change our laws, and remove protections every time a company demands it to invest in Aotearoa?
Resource Management Act, Bill of Rights – how much is too much for a project that actually makes money for the country?
Don’t underestimate how large an impact these labour law changes could have. Already it is far too easy for employees to be designated ‘independent contractors’ – just ask Telecom engineers or anyone in the entertainment industry. If you liberalise it further tens of thousands of kiwis could have their companies decide they no longer want to pay for holidays (statutory and annual), sick pay, ACC, kiwisaver… All the employment protections we’ve fought since the foundation of our country to get.
So John Key: government for the people, or for any multinational that asks for it?