Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sought to ease concerns about a new type of collective bargaining, saying there will be “no more than one or two” fair pay agreements in the current electoral term.
If anyone thinks this is a concession, they’re falling for spin.
The working group is to report back by December 2018.
There would then be consultation on their report, taking you through to say March 2019. Then draft a law which takes you to say June 2019.
A law takes around nine months to get through Parliament which takes you to March 2020 – just a few months before the next election.
So when the PM says there will be only one or two in the current electoral term, this is not a concession or reassurance. It is merely recognition that there won’t be time for more.
But then how many in the second term? Will any industry be exempt? Of course not.