web analytics

Key’s divide and rule to cut wages

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, October 22nd, 2009 - 20 comments
Categories: capitalism, john key, national/act government, same old national, Unions, wages, workers' rights - Tags:

storyeduleadJohn Key says that if school support staff want pay-rises then teachers should sacrifice the ones they bargained for.

Tell him to get stuffed.

I don’t see him and his rich mates handing back the hundreds of dollars a week each in tax-cuts that National gave. I don’t see Key or his buddies Mark Weldon and Rob Fyfe or any of the CEOs handing back their pay-rises.

Teachers bargained for their pay-rises, they have a contract. They shouldn’t have to give up their small and fair pay rises so support staff can get one. Wage rises are not a zero sum game. It is dispicable that Key would try to pitch worker against worker like this but that is his true colours showing.

Key made these comments at the CTU national conference. I hope Helen Kelly takes this as a lesson in why you don’t cuddle up with Tories.

At the end of the day, Key’s comments reflect the fact that he “would love to see wages drop“. He is not interested in lifting wages for working New Zealanders. He’s just interested in pocketing more of this country’s wealth for his rich mates and himself.

20 comments on “Key’s divide and rule to cut wages ”

  1. But I thought that he wanted to lessen the gap between the average Kiwi and Aussie wage?

    What is really sad is that to a large extent wage rises are compensation for the previous year’s inflation. If you do not compensate then you get a decrease.

  2. corkscrew 2

    It is his consistant tactic to pit the middle and working classes against themselves to lower pay and benefits while cutting taxes for the rich and selling off our property for a song to his party’s donors.

  3. The cheek of Shonkey. There are signs that the CTU and importantly PSA leaderships are realising positive engagement with this hostile wage freezing, public service sacking, tory government is not a runner.

  4. Bill 4

    “There are signs that the CTU and importantly PSA leaderships are realising….”

    And the question is begged. WTF would it take for a union movement to, even momentarily, think otherwise?!


    • Well Bill there are several reasons why there is not a universal default “lets take on NACT!’ postition among unions.
      a) 9 years of a mainly supportive government with some good gains made. (bye youth rates, 4th weeks leave, min wage up, meal break provision etc). Shifting back onto a more combative footing after a period when unions were well consulted and involved in ITOs, Health and safety, and delegate education etc. involves some adjustmenthey, we were valued partners and now we’re not…
      b) some union members voted for ‘change’ ie National, so a period was required for the difference between what those voters aspired to and the reality of what they are now getting from Shonkey to sink in.
      c) Past performance re how the pre ECA and ECA era NZCTU leadership responded to a National Govt.. Read some history. Different crew now.

      Bottom line is unions that get active, organise members and communities and get the facts out there, at least have a fighting chance to not only resist some of NACTs union busting but improve things.

      • Bill 4.1.1

        Or less kindly….

        a) 9 years of getting it handed on a plate, getting comfortable and dis-empowering the members…(leave it to us lads, we’ll have a wee chat about 4 weeks A/L etc, etc.) alongside the ‘don’t rock the boat, we’re in partnership now’…whatever the fuck that is or was ever meant to mean.

        b) the unions conspired in having class dropped off the table and kicked under the sofa promoting the box gift set of identity politics in its stead; a gift to the ‘right’ insofar as they can exploit the disaffection experienced by the working class by rehabilitating levels of racism and sexism when working class organisations deny the reality of, or impact of class; get co-opted by government and staffed by too many M.C. wnaker careerists.

        c) different crew. same result. no idea and….the working class gets shafted.

  5. Tigger 5

    This is a GREAT idea. And of course, Key will lead the charge. Government MPs will give up a portion of their wages for Parliamentary staff!

  6. Di 6

    How about giving the money that Don Brash is “earning” to “lessen the gap between Australian and NZ wages ” to the school support staff for a starter.

  7. The talk of raising Kiwi wages was always in conflict with the actions enabling employers to further reduce and erode the pay and conditions of the people they employ. If anyone was confused on the point, they will hopefully be shedding those misconceptions now.

    A picture: The confused face of a person who voted National over “smacking” and “nanny state” who has just lost their job thanks to National’s policies: PRICELESS.

    • felix 7.1

      Don’t forget the “tax cuts north of $50 a week” they voted for too.

      • Gordon Shumway 7.1.1

        Must be why the polls are showing so many of them flocking to support opposition parties…

        (Sorry, assumed we were playing “pull nonsense out of your arse”.)

  8. Craig Glen Eden 8

    Sadly I know of a lot of teachers who voted National last election, some had not voted in to many previous elections and didn’t know how or could not remember their failed policies in education, health, and the rest of the public service from the past.

    I get the feeling there is going to be a lot of pain for the honeymooners after Mr Key has finished.
    The National Party say one thing do the other and Kiwis always end up poorer as a result. No surprises there!

  9. greenfly 9

    Oh yes, and Mr Key, get stuffed!

  10. grumpy 10

    There is no doubt that school support staff are underpaid – but they also were under the last 9 years of Labour.
    Labour’s cosy relationship with the teacher’s unions saw the teachers get pay rises at the expense of the much lower paid and less regarded support staff.
    With Bradford leaving, who now to fight for the real low paid workers in the education system?

  11. roger nome 11

    No, no no, you lefties have got it all wrong as usual. You see, what you do to get higher wages is cut worker bargaining rights, cut public sector wages, cut public services/introduce more user pays, cut benefits – then sacrifice a few hundred benefit-dependent children in honor of the mighty and mystical invisible hand, then vola! Instant utopia!

    You guys will never get it though. Dumb lefties!

  12. A Nonny Moose 12

    I’m keeping up my mantra “Only two years to go, only two years to go”.

    AAC, Health, Social Welfare, SuperAnn, now education – Congratulations NZ, you wanted a change, you got it.

    Does National have any concept of building for the future?

  13. Nick J 13

    In all fairness the Unions and the teachers might now reflect on the lack of solidarity they have shown to support staff over the last decade. My wife as a school librarian has watched teachers successfully defend their pay and conditions whilst idly watching support staff suffer cuts in pay and conditions.

    Key is only twisting the knife in an existing wound, It might help if the Unions and teachers in particular fought a little harder for the support staffs wages and conditions.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature projects target iconic ecosystems
    Upscaling work already underway to restore two iconic ecosystems will deliver jobs and a lasting legacy, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.  “The Jobs for Nature programme provides $1.25 billion over four years to offer employment opportunities for people whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 recession. “Two new projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago