We're guessing that Yvonne Tahana and Edward Gay from the NZ Herald are card-carrying members of the EPMU, the union which represents journalists. On what do we base that? Have a read of this:
Unions will hold a war council this week to decide how to fight sweeping changes to employment laws.
The move comes after protesters stormed security and police cordons outside the National Party's annual conference at the SkyCity Grand Hotel in Auckland yesterday.
They entered the hotel shouting slogans against the Government's changes, which include making it easier to fire workers, extending the 90-day trial for new staff and tightening union access to workplaces.
Note to Yvonne and Edward; emotive reporting strips away the news value of the story. To begin by saying that "Unions will hold a war council" is emotive, and hyperbolic in our always-humble opinion. Sure, the unions will meet and map out a protest strategy, but WAR? Give us a break. War was what wounded our grandfather at Gallipoli. War was the horror that our father endured in North Africa, Crete and Greece.
Unions protesting a government policy is not "war", and to describe it as such insults those who truly went to war to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today. One of those freedoms is, of course, the freedom to engage in peaceful protest, within the law.
Yesterday's protest by unions and left-wing activists was neither peaceful nor within the law. That it is endorsed by journalists with a union agenda is doubly ironic. The union movement had nine years of union-friendly government to advance its agenda. The National-led government is merely redressing the balance to make employing staff less of a minefield.
And let's face it; if there weren't employers prepared to put their own butts on the line and employ staff, there'd be no need for unions. Perhaps, when they hold their plan-the-next-protest meetings, the unions might care to reflect on just what they wish for!