Exploiting the earthquake

September 21st, 2010 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Press reports:

A business has rejected union claims it told staff to come to work on the day of the Canterbury .

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 said.

has been doing an admirable job blogging on Matt Jones, and his antics in Christchurch.

At a time where most of the community are working together, Jones seems to be exploiting the earthquake to gain publicity. It is rather nasty.

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.

Some of these businesses may go under and all the staff lose their jobs. I’ve worked for a small business. Even a week of no income can be devastating.

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21 Responses to “Exploiting the earthquake”

  1. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    Employers/Companies have been exploiting the workers forever .. bstds
    yes, that is an attempt at humour .. speaking of humour, is that why Susan Bradford gets invited on Q&A .. as a laugh??

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  2. scanner (340 comments) says:

    More crap from union scumbags, these subhuman gutless wonders seem to march on a diet of misery and lies, not unlike the legal profession.

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  3. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    Matt Jones has gained publicity.

    Popularity is an entirely different beast though.

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  4. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Somewhere between matt Jones & Julie Williamson lies the truth. You left out this bit from the Press story

    “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.

    Well, no, because according to the relevant employment law, if the staff are available for work then they are to be paid their usual wages, not forced to take leave.

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  5. Le Grande Fromage (145 comments) says:

    Unionists are scum and we tend to forget that sometimes

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/janetdaley/8010988/The-nightmare-of-union-power-is-back-again.html

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  6. Lance (2,309 comments) says:

    All business people are ridiculously rich
    All workers are underpaid and oppressed

    What else does a lefty need to know?

    They don’t need to know that most small business owners spend years on the edge of going bust, at the risk of losing their homes and good names.
    The sleepless nights, the endless paper work with the IRD waiting like a black widow spider to pounce at the slightest error.

    It’s o.k. to spend thousands of dollars recruiting and training employees for them to walk out at moments notice, or turn feral and run amok with only a ponderous and long drawn out system of dismissal

    Yes the business owners have it all their way

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  7. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Is that sack of shit actually from Christchurch or was he parachuted in to cause trouble ?

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  8. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    “Unionists are scum and we tend to forget that sometimes”

    That is a bit unfair for all unionists. But when you get one that is a (past?) communist and a current anarchist then you have your definition of scum.

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  9. Inventory2 (9,789 comments) says:

    Cheers for the mention DPF. Not all unionists are boss-haters, and we have also commended the EPMU and Andrew Little for their $10k donation to Christchurch.

    Matt Jones would do well to take note. He would rather surround himself with the likes of Beyond Resistance, a Christchurch-based anarchist group and disseminate his all-bosses-are-arseholes rhetoric. It would be nice to know whether Matt McCarten approves of the antics of UNITE’s southern franchisee.

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  10. Rex Widerstrom (5,127 comments) says:

    Yes, because it’s perfectly logical that in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, the owner of that particular business would think to himself “What will people want to do tomorrow? Huddle together fearing aftershocks? Try to salvage their damaged properties? Sit in shock at a rescue centre? Nah, they’ll want to go bowling in unprecedented numbers!”

    I’m not sure when “complete unquestioning credulity” became part of the selection criteria for a job as a journalist… perhaps Momentum are doing the recruiting.

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  11. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Put it Away..he has an English accent. His associates have arranged a meeting in Avonside tomorrow..Their general theme is that businesses were protected and people in the suburbs were left to fend for themselves. There are about 60,000 homes still to be checked. Most people are just being patient knowing they have to wait but these people see this as some kind of political opportunity , so are agitating.

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  12. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    So what’s an “anarchist” doing making a living working for a union who’s purpose is to intimidate people into doing what they say ?

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  13. Moist von Lipwig (12 comments) says:

    The biggest exploiters of the earthquake seem to me to be the suppliers of ‘hi visibility’ vests!
    Even the tea ladies are wearing them.

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  14. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    maybe Matt Jones is making a play for a bigger union job like Andrew .. god knows how many jobs now ..Littles at the EMPU. Unite seems a liitle union anyway, onwards and upwards

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  15. Inventory2 (9,789 comments) says:

    @ Jaba; I strongly doubt that. Little, for all the hats he wears (three at the moment) is regarded as a very competent operator. Jones, by comparison, is a low-rent shit-stirrer. Given all the criticism that has been directed at Matt Jones, I’m a bit surprised that Matt McCarten hasn’t given him the union equivalent of the DCM.

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  16. Christopher Thomson (374 comments) says:

    Moist, will you be going postal about this?

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  17. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    it seems that some people feel the need to shit stir to get a profile whether local or nationally and Jones and Wanganui/Wellingtons Jevan whats his name are just a couple of examples.

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  18. francis (712 comments) says:

    unite can’t be doing itself any populist favours with this kind of crap.

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  19. Inventory2 (9,789 comments) says:

    You’re quite right Francis. In fact I’m quite surprised that Matt McCarten hasn’t intervened to put the kibbosh on Matt Jones’ stunts. I may disagree with McCarten’s politics, but I believe that he has principles. OTOH, Jones represents a great leap backwards to the bad old days of unionism.

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  20. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    It is impossible to tell how much support Jones really has given that all the Beyond Resistance members were encouraged to join his Tour of Shame. It is very unlikely that McCarten supports the objective of Beyond Resistance which is ”the overthrow of the state.”

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  21. Inventory2 (9,789 comments) says:

    I think you’re right Joana – Jones is right on the fringe, and has to rely on the support of rent-a-mob, along with a complicit news media. He should look at the example of guys like Little and McCarten who have learned to build relationships with employers to advance their aims rather than to wage a one-man battle against bosses.

    Jones seems to ignore one blindingly obvious fact; without employers, UNITE members would not have jobs and would not be able to pay union fees which, of course, fund his salary. He ought not bite the hand which ultimately feeds him.

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