A Christchurch business has rejected union claims it told staff to come to work on the day of the Canterbury earthquake.
Unite Union alleged Garden City Bowl staff had been told in "no uncertain terms" to come to work after the 7.1-magnitude quake.
"Staff came in under duress and didn't feel very confident. The company realised they weren't going to make any money that day and sent the workers home. For that whole weekend they received no pay for lost hours," Nelson-Christchurch Unite organiser Matt Jones said.
However, Julie Williamson, group human resources manager, denied those claims.
She said workers were advised not to come to work on Saturday, other than two technical staff who were paid.
Williamson said staff scheduled to work on Saturday were paid and "given the required period of notice" the centre would not open on Sunday.
"Full-time staff were paid for the Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday's scheduled hours being taken as leave. This arrangement is in compliance with employment contracts and the general provisions of the relevant employment law," she said.
We reckon that Comrade Jones should have got his ducks in a row before rushing off to the media to get his anti-employer diatribe published. Then again, why would we be surprised that a trade union official let the facts get in the way of a good story?
Sorry Matt, but it seems that the shame's on you!
UPDATE: Self-described anarchist organisation Beyond Resistance supported the Tour of Shame. We reckon that tells you all you need to know about Matt Jones ... their blog proclaims:
Beyond Resistance is a collective of revolutionary class struggle anarchists in Otautahi/Christchurch, Aotearoa, who have come together in the hope of creating a coherent and organised anarchist presence in our area. Our name reflects our intended approach to struggle — a visible and constructive anarchism that goes beyond mere reaction, both in the workplace and the community. We host a number of events such as film nights and discussion forums, encourage and create spaces for children’s participation in all events, and support various struggles effecting our communities.