Normally the EPMU is pretty smart, but they seem to be high or delusional at the moment, having threatened mass industrial action if National MP Wayne Mapp does not withdraw his probationary periods bill within 90 days.
It is slightly thuggish to demand that an individual MP must withdraw a private member’s bill. One thing for Government bills, but I can’t recall a private members bill having ever been singled out before – and especially giving an actual deadline for withdrawal or else. They need to watch less Sopranos. Either protest the bill, or don’t. But demands with deadlines look ridiculous.
I do hope they go ahead with their protest. It would be a great sign of an effective opposition.