The Government announced two nine day fortnights today. Interestingly, they’re refusing to tell us who one of them is. From the Government’s press release:
Ms Bennett confirmed today that Oamaru-based Summit Wool Spinners and another manufacturing firm, which wishes to remain anonymous, had joined the scheme
Now call me old-fashioned, but this strikes me as plain wrong. This is taxpayers’ money the Government is spending and it’s a basic matter of transparency that they should tell us where it’s going.
For all we know this is a non-union firm and the workers have had the nine day fortnight forced on them as a pay cut.
Such a blatant lack of transparency is not a good sign from a Government that wants to increase the involvement of the private sector in our major public assets.