The Council of Trade Unions has pointed out a glaring hypocrisy in Tau Henare’s pointless bill requiring unions to hold secret ballots before strike action (I say ‘pointless’ because unions already hold secret ballots).
From the media release:
Peter Conway, CTU Secretary, said that at a national union meeting yesterday, there was a brief discussion on secret ballots for strikes. Unions decided to support the Bill as it largely reflects current practice.
‘However’, said Conway, ‘unions are critical of the lack of balance in the bill and believe it must be changed to also require employers to follow democratic procedures including a secret ballot of shareholders prior to a lockout’.
A very good point. If National wants to legislate democratic procedures for unions taking industrial action, aren’t they bound by consistency to do the same for employers?
Now that would be a bill worth supporting. Perhaps Labour or the Greens can take it up at select committee.