The sky is falling … the sky is falling

May 16th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The is a bit like Chicken Little at the moment. On RNZ yesterday on minor changes to

The Council of Trade Unions says the changes to industrial relations laws being considered are the worst attack on workers’ rights since the 1990s

In fact the changes are very much around the margins, and fairly in-substantive. The Government should require unions to collect their own membership fees, rather than force employers to be unpaid fee collectors ofr them – then they really would have something to complain about.

But the “worst attack since the 1990s” line is now new. It’s exactly what the CTU said about the 90 Day trial periods in their 2010 submission:

 “The largest step backwards in workers’ rights since 1990.”

I guess they have a macro on their computers that just inserts that phrase automatically into releases and submissions!

 

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11 Responses to “The sky is falling … the sky is falling”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,924 comments) says:

    Surely you mean “and fairly in-substantial?”.

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  2. David Garrett (7,563 comments) says:

    Quite so DPF…they also have “draconian” programmed into their speechwrite’s macro whenever ANYTHING to do with law and order or employment law is being discussed…

    With the 90 Day trial period legislation, there was talk of petitioning the GG not to sign it…because it was so “draconian”…

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  3. petal (706 comments) says:

    This blog post is the WORST attack on the CTU since the 1990s!

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  4. David Garrett (7,563 comments) says:

    No Petal! I won’t have that! It is the most scornful attack on “workers” [a term only unionists use now] rights since the gummint banned pro union newspapers in ’51…

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  5. tvb (4,517 comments) says:

    It probably is the worst attack on the rights and privileges of Trade Unions because they got everything they wanted under Helen Clark. The Unions want the rights powers and privileges of the medieval church. Indeed they are our modern equivalent.

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  6. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    Sorry CTU, Imma let you finish but the Employment Contracts Act was the worst attack on workers rights of all time! OF ALL TIME! /Kanye

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  7. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    “The sky is falling … the sky is falling”

    I think (some of them at) The Standard must use similar macros.

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  8. Keeping Stock (10,442 comments) says:

    @ tvb – sorry, but your comparison is grossly unfair to churches!

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  9. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    Where’s the problem? The 90-day sack-at-will was indeed the worst attack on workers’ rights by a govt since the 1990s – back in 2010. Now the latest proposals are the worst since the 1990s. It’s not that difficult to understand, surely? I’m sure the govt has yet worse things still to propose, and will propose them.

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  10. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    What are these “workers rights’ I keep hearing about? Where did they get them and what validity do they have in comparison to genuine individual human rights…? anyone?

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  11. burt (8,322 comments) says:

    Oh, the unions don’t like it…. how sad. Hey union chaps – keep remembering when it was compulsory to belong to the union. They were the days eh… it’s all been downhill since then eh.

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