Simon Bridges is a new minister, he needs things to do, here is an idea with which he can make himself useful:
Mr Springborg said he had launched a review to learn whether “these policies are about delivering for patients and workers, or if they are about delivering for union bosses and Labor”.
“I don’t think that’s right, people can join a union if they want, they shouldn’t be encouraged to join a union and we shouldn’t be having our staff [following] some sort of edict which was dreamt up by the Labor party and the unions,” he said.
“Our managers are going out there and dragooning people into joining unions which then means we collect their union fees, give it to the unions and a lot of it finds its way back to the Labor party.
“It is some sort of elaborate taxpayer-funded money laundering exercise where the unions and the Labor party devised this policy in 2008-2009 to force our managers to actually encourage people to join unions.”