Sunday, July 18, 2010

Squealing like stuck pigs


So it's confirmed; the 90-day work trial legislation will be extended to all businesses who wish to participate. For us, as employers, that's welcome news. Not so for the unions; they are squealing like stuck pigs, and the sound is music to our ears.

The Herald has reported on protests at the National Party conference today, and our eyes fell on this bit:

Ms Bradford told nzherald.co.nz that she had been "belted in the face" by police. "I'm sure I will end up with a few bruises."

She said she was pleased with the number of union members who had turned out to oppose the Government's reforms that she likened to those under former Finance Minister Bill Birch in the early 1990s.

"It is important to show the National Party conference and John Key that this is an attack on working people," Ms Bradford said.

"There was a large number who wanted to get into the conference, but obviously the police stopped us getting in," she said.

Unite Union leader Matt McCarten said Mr Key's comments amounted to a declaration of war on working people.

He said Mr Key has enjoyed the support of some working people but now "the mask has come down".

"This country has changed for the worse and my advice to [Mr Key] would be to back down," Mr McCarten said.

Asked if the changes were necessary to stimulate job growth in a tough financial climate, Mr McCarten said that was "bullsh**".

"Employers do not employ people out of charity. They run a business and they want a job done," Mr McCarten said.

He said the Government's changes were about restoring power to employers and they amounted to a return to the Feudal System.

"They want to make us slaves in our own country and they know where they can stick that," Mr McCarten said.


Only one person is speaking "bullsh**" here, and in our humble opinion, it's Matt McCarten. Sure, employers "run a business, and they want a job done", but without employers willing to employ people, the unions would be out of business, and their leaders, the Matt McCartens of this world would have to find REAL jobs. Of course, to do that, they would need to find employers willing to take them on, at least for 90 days!

Employers want stability. No employer we know wants to be turning over staff every 90 days, because that is a complete waste of time, effort and money. The unions don't seem to be able to get their heads around that. They're stuck in an ideological time-warp where bosses are bad and unions rule.

National has once again stolen a march over the left. We reckon that National's support will continue to firm in the wake of this policy announcement, and that it will firm directly in proportion to union protests. New Zealanders are heartily sick of the unions opposing any policy which might allow New Zealand to move forward.

12 comments:

robertguyton said...

"they are squealing like stuck pigs, and the sound is music to our ears"

There's your give-away line right there.

If you were representative of employers, and perhaps you are, blogging publicly the way you are, this comment would interest the general public, the working public, very much.

Inventory2 said...

I'm not representative on anything but myself here Robert. I'm merely expressing an opinion. The whining and complaining of McCarten and co will do more harm to the left than to the right IMHO.

pdm said...

RG - obviously you have never employed staff.

Minto and Bradfords `rent a mob' is out in force. How many arrested for disturbing the peace?

Anonymous said...

For once I agree with Bradford. Hope you enjoy having to prouduce a doctor's certiificate for a single sick day, just remember that, pdm.

robertguyton said...

Inventory2 - Matt McCarten and Sue Bradford are both intelligent people with extensive knowledge of working conditions, workplaces, workers and worker's circumstances.
"Squealing like pigs"?
Genuinely fighting for the welfare and rights of those workers, I reckon.
pdm - I am and have been for a number of years, an employer of around 5 staff. I've had to deal with difficult issues over that time.

robertguyton said...

btw - Inventory, pigs squeal in the manner you describe when they have had a knife driven into their throats.
That sound is 'music to your ears'?

Inventory2 said...

@ Robert - don't get too hyperbolic about a metaphor! I think you'll find my attitude is more accurately summed up by this:

"Employers want stability. No employer we know wants to be turning over staff every 90 days, because that is a complete waste of time, effort and money. The unions don't seem to be able to get their heads around that. They're stuck in an ideological time-warp where bosses are bad and unions rule."

As an employer, I want to employ staff who will stay with my business long-term. We have robust recruitment processes, but on occasions have hired badly. We have also hired people who find out quickly that our particular industry is not for them. There needs to be a way that both employer and employee can terminate a relationship without rancour and costly litigation.

BTW - welcome to Keeping Stock, thanks for the link at your blog, and feel free to call again. Our views may differ, but the freedom to express them makes the blogosphere a great place.

pdm said...

anon - not likely at my age and am presently in England. Nor would I consider working for such an employer.

RG - Minto and Bradford also have considerable in working the media to make their `rent a mobs' seem credible.

robertguyton said...

@ Robert - don't get too hyperbolic about a metaphor!
Ha! How ironic!

You want hyperbole?
Read Trotters piece on Bowalley Road.

http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2010/07/defeat-is-not-option.html

And thanks for your welcome.

robertguyton said...

Imperator Fish has a very good description of the issue.

http://www.imperatorfish.com/2010/07/on-that-kneejerk-accusation.html

robertguyton said...

Oops!

http://www.imperatorfish.com/2010/07/erosion-of-workers-rights.html

Anonymous said...

As an employer I find the erosion of my staff's rights and protections very poor form. I will do my best to provide for my workers the opposite of what National (for whom I voted) is introducing here. On this matter I disagree strongly. Every employer should reject this policy as it is backwards-looking.
Cheers, Sebastian.