Partial pay for partial work

May 14th, 2012 at 8:53 am by David Farrar

Danya Levy at Stuff reports:

The Government also wants employers to be able to deduct the wages of workers who undertake partial strikes and the papers show new provisions which would allow them to be paid at less than the minimum wage.

Partial wages for partial strikes seems fair to me, just as you get no wages for a total strike.

If you don’t give employers the ability to do partial wages for a partial strike, then their likely response is to lock the employees out entirely – which I think is best avoided.

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6 Responses to “Partial pay for partial work”

  1. Nookin (3,341 comments) says:

    Sometimes you really do have to wonder what kind of moron writes headlines for Stuff. The suggestion that there will be “secret changes” to industrial rules is an absolute nonsense. Stuff knows as well is anyone else that changes will not be made unless they are made in Parliament. Key says that the government is considering changes but proposed changes have not been discussed in Cabinet. To the best of my knowledge, the news media have yet to be invited to caucus meetings to listen to policy debate of any government. The only possible inference from the headline is that Stuff wants to suggest something underhand. As a matter of interest, perhaps the editor could explain how Helen Kelly came to be able to comment on something which was a secret?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6913814/Secret-changes-to-labour-rules

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  2. tvb (4,415 comments) says:

    What is a partial strike? I assume that means some of the conditiins are not being obeyed. And what is partial pay??

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  3. RRM (9,915 comments) says:

    You can tell the theoreticians have taken over, when arguments are put forward about how it’s unfair to not get paid while you’re on strike… :-(

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  4. Yvette (2,808 comments) says:

    Secret changes to labour rules 
… Ms Wilkinson has refused to comment on the changes and has suggested the papers are made up.
“I haven’t seen the paper that Darien Fenton claims she has and cannot confirm its authenticity.”
Ms Wilkinson’s office declined to accept copies of the papers …

    Yep – that was earlier this morning – stuff, about 5.30am – but the item is now up-graded :

    Key this morning refused to comment on the details of the changes, saying Cabinet had not yet had an opportunity to discuss them.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6913814/Secret-changes-to-labour-rules

    That should help Wilkinson a little – the papers do seem to exist after all

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  5. simonway (387 comments) says:

    What is a partial strike? I assume that means some of the conditiins are not being obeyed.

    More or less. It could refer to any number of kinds of industrial action that fall short of a full strike. For example, union members might all wear union badges in a workplace where the uniform requirements would otherwise prohibit it, or bus drivers might refuse to collect fares.

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  6. Bunswalla (2 comments) says:

    “Sometimes you really do have to wonder what kind of moron writes headlines for Stuff”

    I stopped wondering ages ago. Mother Hubbard’s ranting yesterday was a new low, even for him. Something about National “sleeping around” and then a totally fictitious “quote” by John Key.

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