The attack on our work rights looks a lot like the mining policy. Big promises: it’ll boost growth, it’ll cut costs, it’ll create jobs.
But where’s the evidence?
The other writers here and people all over have put up plenty of evidence that striping our work rights will have the opposite effect. It’ll hamper growth. Hamper labour market flexiblity. Hurt wages. Even enocurage workers to get unionised.
But it’s not our job to show National’s latest dumb idea is dumb. National wants to make a change, they’ve got to make a powerful case that the change will have the results they claim.
So where’s their evidence? Where are the models, the studies, the scenarios?
They haven’t got any. The minister can’t even front to offer any defence.
This is faith-based government. Based on faith in the neo-liberal god.
This is guess based government. The guess being that they can take away our rights and hand our wealth to the wealthy and we’ll keep voting for that Nice Man Mr Key.