National forced to support meal breaks

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, April 10th, 2008 - 28 comments
Categories: national, workers' rights - Tags: ,

National has found itself politically unable to oppose the amendment to the Employment Relations Act that will ensure workers are entitled to meal breaks and to breastfeed at work. But they will be offering only ‘cautious‘ support to a Bill that protects such basic rights, and only to select committee stage.

Kate Wilkinson, National’s labour spokesperson, says she’s not even sure of the point of the law. Yet, her party is voting for it because they can’t be seen to be so completely anti-worker, especially over a law that will pass anyway.

Rest assured; National hasn’t seen the light. This is a party that is hesitant even to support meal breaks and only has one piece of labour legislation planned, the 90-day Bill to remove employees’ rights in their first 90 days of employment. If they were to get into power, National would be as anti-worker as ever: they would let the minimum wage erode like they’ve always done, they would work to see that wages drop, and New Zealanders would see no more improvements in their working conditions.

A National Government would never enact a meal breaks law.

28 comments on “National forced to support meal breaks”

  1. Daveo 1

    Remember as well it was National that scrapped the right to meal breaks in the first place.

  2. Sam Dixon 2

    Personally, I’m terrified of what a 90-day law would do our work rights. Bosses will have 3 months to fire you for no reason – imagine the ways that will be used to keep conditions and wages down. And it is the only, ONLY, piece of legislation that National has ready to enact if it gets into power.

    I also reckon it would have the unintended consequence of making people a whole lot less willing to change jobs, creating a rigid labour market that would be unable to adapt to changing economic conditions.

  3. Dancer 3

    Workers right are on the agenda in South Australia too – I just saw that “A Parliamentary committee in South Australia says the State should have its own paid maternity leave scheme. The Select Committee on Balancing Work and Life Responsibilities says the scheme would address the skills shortage and attract more workers.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/audio/. We know National voted against the introduction of PPL in NZ – hard to see why they’d behave any differently on meal breaks once it comes back from select committee.

  4. Daveo

    I hear the National party eat babies as well.

    Nevermind the Director General of Health will soon have the power to ban meal breaks as well to combat the obesity epidemic in NZ.

  5. Daveo 5

    hs- it’s a fact that National scrapped the right to meal breaks in the 1990s.

    I don’t see the Director General of Health banning meal breaks to combat obesity. Have you been reading Kiwiblog again?

  6. Steve Pierson 6

    “I hear the National party eat babies as well.”

    misplaced irony. National did remove statutory protection of meal breaks, as well as weakening the unions, letting wages fall, and running a high unemployment economy.

  7. Really HS – I expected better of you than KBR talking points.

  8. hmm 8

    This hysteria about being able to be fired for anything is demeaning to you guys. Surely you should be able to argue against a policy on its actual grounds without resorting to EPMU spun myths … (Maybe that’s wishful thinking around here).

    Have any of you actually gone and read the Bill proposed by Mapp. It specifically maintains the power to seek redress should you be fired on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Human Rights Act.

  9. Tane 9

    hmmm: Mapp did introduce an amendment to his bill for the later readings after its implications became clear, but this was only after serious questions were raised about it.

    And the fact remains, under National’s proposed law your boss could fire you at a whim and without reason. Where’s the natural justice in that?

    As Chris Trotter noted at the time, that’s not an employment relationship, it’s a master/serf relationship.

  10. randal 10

    nats belong to that class or set of persons who derive psychological satisfaction from dominating others for sadistic pleasure at what ever cost to the economy or the individual as long as their unconscious desires are met. If they are sufficiently well insulated from economic repercussions then so much the better. i.e. if they are WINNERS then what better fun than bashing losers?

  11. Scribe 11

    randal,

    if they are WINNERS then what better fun than bashing losers?

    Kind of like when Cullen said, “We won, you lost, eat that’, you mean?

  12. Bill 12

    hmmm “…the power to seek redress should you be fired on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Human Rights Act”

    Which covers…not a lot. Almost all unjustified sackings do not come under discrimination as prescribed in the Human Rights Act.

    Anyway. That proviso would only have been put in because it was a legal necessity. No other reason.

  13. Tim 13

    Hmmm: You could still bring a claim for sexual or racial harassment/discrimination under the Human Rights Act 1993 under Mapp’s bill, but you could be sacked for joining a union, asking for a pay rise, refusing a pay decrease, turning up to work 1 minute late, complaining about incorrect holiday pay, being overweight, having pimples or any other “reason”.

    You could also be employed on an endless succession of 3 month probationary agreements.

    National’s rationale for the bill was that it would help employers hire “risky” employees, like those who were “too old, too young or too brown”. That is actually what Don Brash said. It was an inane bill.

    Don’t forget National will not increase the minimum wage and will repeal provisions in the ERA, most significantly the protections for low paid workers in contracting out situations.

  14. Leftie 14

    On the 90 day probationary employment thing….

    Imagine trying to get a loan while on probation, particularly a home loan. Imagine the reaction of the lender, as naturally they would look at the risk aspect. It makes a mockery of the National Party and its campaign of making it easier to get into your own home.

  15. Razorlight 15

    I have sat through mindless job interviews answering questions about my strengths and weaknesses. How I would deal with a fellow employee I have a personality clash with, and describing one thing I am very proud of in my work life etc etc.

    When in relaity all I wanted from the employer was for them to give me the chance. Let me show I am up to the job and me sitting in this seat describing myself with cliches isnt doing that.

    Give me the chance. If I am no good, then fine move me on.

    I have always thought a trial period is a perfect way for both employers and employees to work out whether they are compatible. I would think 45 days is enough but the principle is very sound.

    This isnt a conspiracy to destroy workers rights. If any of you have gone through the exhausting and often fruitless job of finding employees you will know employers don’t do it for fun.

    You are scaremongering by saying people will be sacked on day 89 of their employment. The reality is employers need employees. (As some of you Unionists remind us regularly). They are not in the business of sacking them. It does not make economic sence.

  16. Leftie 16

    Razorlight
    Maybe in an ideal world we could pretend that all employers are fair and reasonable. Its a fact that not all employers value their employees as their most valuable asset. It’s not an exaggeration to say that companies like “Spotless” would exploit National’s proposed 90 day probationary employment law as they currently push the boundaries and/or step over the line.

  17. Matthew Pilott 17

    Razorlight, been there and done that! And I fully sympathise with you, because you know in your mind that if you got the job you’d kick ass – but you have to get that break. If you were in my position, you weren’t talking about a low- to minimum-wage job back there. It is this sort of employment that worries people when workplace legislation such as the 90-day bill is brought up.

    For the kind of interviews I was going through, they would be no more likely to hire me with a 90-day probationary period – a typical round of interviews for a professional job must cost thousands and be a right arse to arrange. So they will still go for the best every time; they won’t take the first half-decent candidate because they know they can turf them easily if it doesn’t work out.

    When you have high turnover as it is, and are always getting vulnerable people through the door looking for largely unskilled work (where training isn’t a big drain on company resources), then the problems can occur. Interviews there are cheap (no psychometrics, no Hays job skill assessing), and employees would become even cheaper…

  18. Macro 18

    HS
    I take it from your previous posts that you are from a medical background. I would refer you to the higher incidence of renal failure in shop workers, truck drivers, etc who are forbade by there employers to take necessary toilet breaks. I would have thought that from a purely medical point of view you would have welcomed this legislation. You may not be aware – in fact you are probably too much preoccupied with thoughts on a higher plane – but shop workers and especially those in the hospitality industry – cafe staff etc are the matchstick girls of the modern era. Many of these young women serving you your cup of coffee have no employment contract as such, and no entitlement to a break whatever and are paid the minimum wage. DESPITE THE PROTESTATIONS OF THE NATIONAL PARTY TO THE CONTRARY. If you don’t believe me – just ask a few of the young people serving you next time if they are on a contract and do they have planned breaks – you may be surprised with the answer. Now they will at least be entitled to have a couple of short breaks during their weekend stint of 12 hours when they serve the “well off” their so essential latte. This is a great leap forward in worker rights – remember it was just 100 years ago that the blackball workers went on strike for a decent lunch break.

  19. But it takes the present Labour Government to ‘joke’ that hungry kids are “dieting”. Of course they are; they’re not eating cake.

  20. higherstandard 20

    Macro

    No I’m afraid I’m not aware of the high incidence of renal failure in shop workers, truck drivers, etc who are forbade by there employers to take necessary toilet breaks.

    Renal failure is more likely due to issues such as poorly controlled long term Type II diabetes and hypertension.

    PS I support all employees rights to meal breaks but your medical analogy is as fatuous as Parakura’s recent efforts in the house.

  21. Macro 21

    HS
    Well perhaps you might like to look it up!
    I gather it is in fact the case.
    I know of at least 5 people who work in the cafe trade and at times do not have a meal or toilet break for up to 12 hours. Truck drivers on earthmoving sites for instance are similarly affected.
    I listened to Parakura’s reply. He was replying to the question “why are 70,000 children going to school without eating breakfast?”
    I would think that any person faced with this question, yourself included would have replied that there are many reasons – one being that of self image among teenage girls and their dieting, a sad enough situation in itself. The spin placed on his answer – which he still stands by – by the Maori party, the media, and yourself is unbecoming of anyone seeking the truth.

  22. higherstandard 22

    I bow to our superior knowledge of medicine. Perhaps you could quote me the relevant statistics to back up your claim the higher incidence of renal failure in the groups you point out.

    You defence of Parekura is bizarre..

    from Hansard

    Hon Tariana Turia: Tēnā koe, Madam Speaker. Has the Minister seen reports that almost 20,000 schoolchildren a week nationwide need feeding during their school day because of empty cupboards at home; and what actions can the Ministry of Education take to respond to the educational disadvantage that more and more New Zealanders are experiencing as a result of escalating child poverty?

    Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA: There are a host of reasons why students and pupils do not have breakfast. They are trying to stay trim, or else there may be poverty in the house. Over and above all those issues, it is the community reply that is important.

    A demonstrably stupid comment right up there with Clarkson’s effort

  23. Macro 23

    ok! demonstrate that it is stupid.
    what is stupid about saying that there are a host of reasons why students and children do not have breakfast?
    he acknowledges that some may be as the result of poverty – but to say that it is all because of poverty is stupid!

  24. Tane 24

    Parekura’s comments were unwise, but I think it’s pretty clear what he meant was that students skip breakfast for a variety of reasons, one of which is poverty. This is in fact true – as the Principal of Wellington High said on RNZ the other day, lots of teenagers come to school without breakfast because they’re just not hungry in the mornings. This was my experience back when I was at school.

    I think Parekura should perhaps be a little more careful with his words in future. Clarkson, on the other hand, is a buffoon and a bigot, and the sooner he’s kicked out of Parliament the better.

  25. higherstandard 25

    Macro, Tane

    We are not talking about vain high school students.

    My apologies I thought this information was in the public arena as attached.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00186.htm

    I would encourage everyone to donate to Kidscan – I’ve been a member for a while now, they do some great work.

    http://www.kidscan.org.nz/

  26. Tane 26

    HS, I agree there is real poverty and kids going to school hungry, I’ve seen this first hand myself. But I don’t think Parekura was denying that. He probably should have chosen his words better though, and been a bit less flippant about such a serious issue.

  27. Macro 27

    Tane and HS
    I’ve been a social worker and a teacher for nearly 40 years. I have worked in the poorest and also the wealthiest schools in the country. I can recall of only one instance where I could honesty say a child went to school hungry every day because there was no food in the house. (And that was because the father drank every cent he was given.)
    In my experience, there were numerous instances of students arriving at school every day without breakfast – but seldom because of a lack of food in the home. To have suggested otherwise would have been insulting. Most students arrive without breakfast because they are late getting up, or they think that this is the best way to gain a slim figure.
    In 1999 there were 161,000 official unemployed – today 19,000. I agree that there are young people living in what one might term “poverty” situations (in many cases exacerbated by poor spending decisions made by their parents or caregivers), but I find it hard to believe that the situation is getting worse. It reached its peak in the mid to late 1990’s after the “mother” of budgets, and the employer friendly labour laws held wages at a fixed level for a decade while food prices continued to rise.
    As for the higher instance of renal failure in shop workers etc, this was given as a factor for introducing the legislation in the first instance. I have also checked this out with my nephew who is a specialist in this area in London.

  28. higherstandard 28

    Macro

    Guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree as my previous post has been eaten by the server for some reason.

    Suffice to say I weigh the evidence of kidscan services where there certainly does appear to be a poverty issue against your own personal experiences.

    Similarly I would be delighted to see evidence of the higher incidence of acute or chronic renal failure in the groups you have identified.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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