Yesterday in the house Pansy Wong claimed the government was not ruling out further reductions of workers rights including “workplace flexibility” (a term Noam Chomsky describe as “a fancy way of saying you don’t know when you go to sleep at night whether you have a job tomorrow morning.”) and changes to collective bargaining.
The following coverage brought a belated response from Labour Minister, Kate Wilkinson, claiming that “no further consideration” had been given to the advice.
But as I understand it Wong’s response was to a written question which means there was ample time to get the story straight.
The rumour around the traps is that the Nats are working on a set of aggressive anti-worker policies to roll out quick smart if they win another term.
Unfortunately I can’t see anything in Pansy’s answer or Kate’s qualified denial that counts that prospect out.