It should have aired months ago, but better late than never.
3rd degree interviewed three former staff of Kim Dotcom’s. The programme revealed testimony from former staff which included:
- Dotom constantly referred to New Zealanders as cheap ass farmers
- Dotcom hates John Key (no surprise that one)
- The three staff have claimed they are owed $367,000 in wages
- Dotcom has an explosive temper and would yell at them
- Staff worked a minimum 16 hours a day, and one staffer worked for two days straight attending Dotcom as he played video games
- Staff worked on average 90 hours a week and got paid an average of $5 an hour – almost a third of the legal minimum wage
- Staff rarely had a day off
- One staffer was sacked for questioning his pay
- Dotcom has refused to supply a certificate of employment to his former staff
- They only got around a third of their backpay as Dotcom said he needed to deduct tax. This suggests he may not initially have been deducting tax as required, but also suggests he has deducted it at a higher rate than he should have
Dotcom in response said:
- admitted he sometimes yells at his staff
- says it is acceptable to yell at his staff when they make serious mistakes
- says he is like their family father, and it is like when your child does something stupid
- He cares for them, and they are like family to him
- He never gave written warnings before dismissals
- says he loves New Zealanders
- says in regard to his staff “We’re all on a first name basis, they call me Sir”
So where is Helen Kelly and the CTU? Where are the unionists in Labour and the Greens? Where is that champion of worker’s rights – Laila Harre? They’re all silent on this, because Dotcom and his party is their route to power. Imagine Dotcom had given $4 million to the ACT Party? They would be insisting that he be charged with breaching labour laws, putting out press releases non stop.
So the next time the CTU and the parties of the left go on about workers, ask them why they were silent on Dotcom’s alleged employment abuses. While this story only went to air this week, the allegations have been well known for months.
Dotcom has enough money to give $4 million to Laila Harre and Hone Harawira to help get them into Parliament. But not enough money to pay more than $5 an hour to his staff, according to them.Tags: Kim Dotcom, minimum wage