Labour’s Darien Fenton is a gutsy, tireless advocate for working Kiwis. She was left gobsmacked yesterday by the Maori Party’s decision to vote for the weakening of Kiwis’ rights to work breaks.
The law enshrining the right to these breaks was one of the last victories for workers under the Labour government when it was passed late in 2008. The Maori Party voted for it at the time. National never liked it and, under the flimsiest of pretexts have moved to undermine those rights. For no good reason that anyone can work out, the Maori Party voted for this.
Of course, I’m sure it’s all in keeping with the Party’s kaupapa.
There’s a cunning and invisible plan at work – eventually, by some form of magic, the Maori Party’s backing of a party that wants higher unemployment, weaker work rights, and lower wages will see more Maori in better paid jobs with improved conditions. Then we’ll all see that the Maori Party selling out their voters was the right thing to do.
We probably just have to be patient.