The Fire at Will law has been in place for two months. It’s still very early days but how is it going? Are workers being forced into 90-Day periods against their will? Are people being fired for no good reason? The government can’t tell us because it isn’t bothering to monitor its implementation and effects.
No Right Turn has all the details but it comes down to this – we won’t know if the law is being abused unless individual workers make a fuss. How many un-unionised workers are going to be willing to do that during a recession?
It’s convenient for the government. There will be no official statistics on the use and abuse of the Fire at Will law. This ‘see no evil’ government will be able claim that the detractors are wrong – there’s no official evidence of abuse, therefore it must not being happening.
[Update: if you or anyone you know is treated unfairly because of the Fire at Will law you can get help. The Council of Trade Unions has pledged to help anyone hurt by this law, union member or not. Go to http://fairness.org.nz/]