Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, June 4th, 2018 - 133 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, democracy under attack, democratic participation, Dirty Politics, national, Parliament, Politics, same old national, Unions, workers' rights - Tags: etu union, parmjeet parmar
On the face of it this is really disturbing behaviour. It has been alleged that National MP Parmjeet Parmar threatened to tell the employers of submitters to the Education and Workforce Select Committee what they had said in evidence if they did not withdraw their statements.
From the Etu facebook page:
On Tuesday, E tū delegates from Auckland Hospital kitchen appeared before the Education and Workforce Select Committee to explain why delegates need time to defend their members’ rights.
They ended up getting a telling off from the National MP chair of the Select Committee and either had to withdraw their stories or Compass would be told what they said and who said it. “Natural justice,” the chair said.
Pretty shocked by this.
Neale Jones described it in this tweet.
Some very disturbing allegations here of workers being bullied out of giving evidence at select committee.
This kind of behaviour is an affront to the democratic process.
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) May 30, 2018
Intimidating a witness is getting close to breaching Parliamentary Privilege which the Parliamentary Website describes in this paragraph:
Developed over centuries of Westminster-style democracy in Britain, parliamentary privilege provides certain exemptions from general law which are considered essential for parliamentary supremacy over the Crown. These include freedom of speech, the power to obtain evidence, and the right for the House to control its own proceedings free from outside interference.
Select committee proceedings are included.
Michael Wood has offered to check into the allegation. Parmar should be told in no uncertain terms about Parliamentary Privilege and the powers of the privileges committee.