The problem with Liabore’s industrial policies and those of the Greens and those of Mana, is they all operate from false premises. The world of work doesn’t in fact operate the way any of these parties think it does.
It’s quite frustrating because these parties simply and always merely generate needless friction, skewing the debate hopelessly and adding no value whatsoever. If only we had two sides who both knew how the world worked, then just maybe the voters could choose between two workable sets, but no, this is not what we have.
This is simply the latest example of the left’s profoundly flawed fundamental thinking on this critical topic with respect to our national well being.
I don’t support the Labour policy except the bit on stat holidays, . My first thought was that Labour was just playing to the base to ensure they get the union vote out (such as it may be) at the election. But I wonder if it could get traction in circumstances where many wage and salary earners are finding that their income is not keeping pace with inflation. Sooner or later that is going to bite, particularly if interest rates start to climb, and it might push some voters towards the idea of a more interventionist state.