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Deborah Coddington's Liberty Belle

Posted on 22 Aug 2003
First, my apologies for the drastic error in last week’s Liberty Belle. I was having a blonde day. I wrote “$4 billion deficit” instead of $4 billion surplus. I now know only three of you read my Liberty Belle, because only three people came back and pointed out my mistake.
 
So, bad marks to me for last week’s effort. I must try harder.
 
This Government must try harder to resist rolling over on its back every time a union boss walks into a Cabinet Minister’s office. The cabinet, on 11 August, agreed to union demands that will take the labour market back to the bad old days of union control, national awards, compulsory unionism, multi-employer contracts, and a requirement for employers to maintain pay and conditions or pay redundancy when a business is sold.
 
The latter – which I call the “Margaret Wilson Slavery Clause” – was dropped from the 2000 Bill after the ‘winter of discontent’. But like the would-be Governor of California, it will be back. Hasta la vista free enterprise.
 
This won’t, like Rachel Hunter’s haircare, happen overnight. But it will happen, and will move the labour market from collectivisation to unionisation. The rights of workers will be sold off for the rights of union bosses.
 
Only three Ministers balked at these changes – Hon Jim Anderton,  Paul Swain, and John Tamihere – the three responsible for economic growth.
 
Things have come to a pretty pass when our liberty rests with Jim Anderton.
 
So what does the government have in store for workers and firms? According to my source, the government’s package of retrograde reforms includes:

Time Right For Honest Unemployment Figures

Posted on 09 May 2003
ACT New Zealand Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today urged the Government to advance to a new, and more honest, measure of the true rate of unemployment.

Shonky Unemployment Measure May Be Changed

Posted on 02 May 2003
The Government is working on a new measure to better reflect New Zealand’s true rate of unemployment, ACT Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman revealed today.

Holidays (Four Weeks Annual Leave) Amendment Bill

Posted on 13 Dec 2002
This bill amends the Holidays Act 1981 to provide that every worker, at the end of each year of his or her employment by any one employer, becomes entitled to an annual holiday of four weeks on holiday pay, instead of the current three weeks.

Youth Unemployment Rockets Upward

Posted on 07 Nov 2002
It is frightening that unemployment among young adults has soared by over thirty percent in just twelve months, ACT Social Welfare and Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

CTU Turns Its Back on Job Seekers - Again

Posted on 15 Aug 2002
By calling for a lifting of the minimum wage to $10 an hour and the abolition of youth rates, the Council of Trade Unions proves it couldn’t care less about New Zealanders struggling to get ahea

Newman Challenges Maharey to Front Up with Facts

Posted on 06 Aug 2002
Employment Minister Steve Maharey is refusing to provide information that would show if the scheme that gives the dole to artists while they concentrate on their art has become a welfare trap, ACT Soc

OSH Figures Another Case of Labour's Fiddling

Posted on 02 Aug 2002
The latest Occupational Safety and Health workplace fatality figures are another example of the Labour government manipulating statistics for political ends, ACT deputy leader Ken Shirley says.

Cost of Union Disputes Soars

Posted on 18 Jul 2002
Labour’s Employment Relations Act is costing working New Zealanders millions in lost wages, with figures released today showing the biggest escalation in industrial action the country has seen in a decade, ACT leader Richard Prebble says.

2002 Manifesto - Employment

Posted on 23 Jun 2002
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