John Key has announced National’s employment policy and it’s all about making Kiwi workers pay.
A partial return to youth rates.
Allow employers to opt out of Multi Employer Collective Agreements – this would mean the end of any industry bargaining and damage the negotiating power of many workers in areas including healthcare.
Remove the thirty day rule – currently new workers are covered by the collective agreement (if there is one on site) for the first thirty days (which means employers would be able to undermine workers.
Allow employers to deduct pay for low level industrial action.
Each of these moves damages union members’ negotiating power which in turn reduces the gains passed on to non-union workers.
We’re at a time in history in which unfettered business has brought our economy to a standstill. John Key’s plan is to make New Zealand’s workers pay for the greed of his peers. He’s a disgrace.