What a sad state the management workforce of this country is in. Just think about these recent stories:
Open Country, locking out their workers, employing scab labour, creating an environmental mess and blaming it on the workers they locked out – all because the workers joined the union and wanted some guaranteed hours. The appalling way that the Talleys have treated the workers, who from the backbone of the small community the factory is based in, makes you wonder why we want these people running businesses in this country at all.
Telecom/Visionstream, the management has taken foolish and short-sighted decisions over and over again. Their pig-headed, ideologically anti-union attitude has landed them in a tonne of trouble. Reminiscent of Air NZ, not that they learned the lesson.
Bridgeman concrete locking out their workers out of the blue, only to crumble because it was their own business they were stuffing up.
The Crafars – just dopey or insane? It hardly matters but their business, which it until recently had them lauded in those obnoxious business magazines, has turned out to be the Enron of New Zealand dairying, and a PR disaster to boot.
Then you’ve got the increasingly unhinged Zane Fulljames GM of NZ Bus. Single-handedly he has brought the bulk of Auckland’s bus network to a halt. It probably seemed like a good idea at first – save a few bucks, get a pat on the head from the big bosses in Wellington, maybe a pay rise. But he disastrously misjudged. You read his press releases and it’s clear he is letting the pressure get to him. He seems to view the dispute as between himself personally and the workers.
Depressingly, it seems public sector bosses have picked up bad habits from the private sector.
Using an old union-busting tactic, Parliamentary Service managers tried to force individual workers to justify their one-hour walk outs and pressure them not to join in. It’s a bad faith action and they know it.
Just as bad is Ministry of Justice engaging in a PR war with its 1700 staff making the ludicrous claim that a pay rise would cost $25 million next year – $14,700 per worker.
Where are the managers’ sense of loyalty towards their staff, or even recognition that they need to preserve good relations for the future? I guess with unemployment up and National in power, they think they can get away with it.