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.