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A bigger fail than the #manban?

Given the dire situation of Labour’s leadership and state of the party at the moment, they have been needing nothing short of a miracle to turn the polls around from the reverse momentum they have been currently experiencing under the leadership of David Cunliffe. One thing that I have seen echoing from this blog to social media to talkback radio is the apparent lack of policy, which almost seems to be replaced entirely by attack politics. Two days ago Labour leader David Cunliffe released a policy that they probably thought was a ‘game changer’, unfortunately it was exposed to have more holes than a block of swiss cheese outside a rat hole.

Stuart Nash yesterday went on the offensive explaining away as to why the policy was a winner, as he responded to a reader:

I have also worked in the forestry and wood processing industry, and it is an example of a sector of the NZ economy that has so underperformed as a result of massive underinvestment in value-added processing. You say you know what the problems are, but you don’t list any… I am suspecting that you don’t really know.

I would have thought the problems were pretty obvious to someone that has worked in the forestry and wood processing industry. For the last 10 – 15 years sawmills around the country have been closing down. Why is that? It is because the overseas market wants raw logs. You meet that market, or you lose it. They don’t want our sawn timber, and Labour’s policy will squeeze New Zealand out of the international market resulting in even bigger unemployment. There is only so much sawn timber the local market will absorb,  and no half thought out idea of only constructing buildings under four storeys out of timber or the Christchurch rebuild will save this policy from failure. The silly part is it would be still optional to builders/construction firms as to the materials they used as it wouldn’t be implemented by force, in effect making the policy a dead duck and a waste of time. To suggest  that part of the economy is under performing as a result of lack of investment is foolhardy: the demand isn’t there, so neither is the investment. If private investment won’t do it, that suggests the market isn’t there and it is bad business. You know, like subsidising large car manufacturers.

Nashy didn’t much like Mike Hoskings comments on it either,

If Hosking’s commentary was based on a reasoned analysis of Labour’s forestry policy then he would be taken seriously, but as per usual, he doesn’t let the truth get in the way of misinformed bile. He is articulate and intelligent, but he absolutely has an ideological axe to grind. That’s what makes him dangerous.

And it was pretty obvious as to why he took exception, as Hosking meticulously picked the policy to pieces like a vulture to expose the bare bones of what an incompetent idea it would be.

The other significant problem was that on one hand you have CTU President Helen Kelly screaming from her office that forestry death rates are too high, the government is doing nothing to fix it, while on the other hand you have David Cunliffe wanting to create more jobs to get people off welfare and into one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. How many lazy slackers are going to want to do hard forestry work, let alone avoid getting tangled with a chainsaw or have their block knocked off by a flying log due to inattention, being stoned or hungover from the night before. It is not the kind of job that accommodates  slackers, halfwits, poor time keepers  or self inflicted long weekends.

What does Helen have to say about it? Nothing. Not a peep, not a whisper, not a murmur.

It is much like the manufactured ‘manufacturing crisis’, this policy simply does nothing but provide bad solutions to non existent problems.  If this policy was David Cunliffes big ‘game changer’ policy, he’s in for a rough campaign. Wait for the next round of musical chairs on the Labour front bench.

If Labour got in and implemented this policy the forest owners and logging contractors in Russia, Washington State and Oregon will be laughing all the way from the side of the hill to the port with double the capacity of raw logs for export.

Helen Kelly coughs up furball of evidence to destroy her own argument

It has never been a strong point of CTU President Helen Kelly to stick to facts and avoid spin, but to ignore and manipulate the facts and accuse others of spin is downright revolting and dishonest. One has to laugh at her comment though, as she couldn’t make it sound more applicable to her if she tried.

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A bit later she goes on to whip out her damning stats to slay the mother of any argument, but whoops, they don’t quite work in favour of her argument.

 

 

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El Presidente further undermines new CEO

Via the tip-line

The new CEO of the BSC, Lillian Small, has once again been smacked in the arse by her boss El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo.

This time Paddy has gone ahead and undermined any “new member” initiatives Lillian Small may have hoped to run, by declaring his support for the Living Wage campaign in the cleaning industry mag InClean. The SFWU and CTU must have been in the ear of Paddy over the Christmas holidays, re-educating him on his union roots.

It’s not online, but a member of the Fish Gang has scanned it and sent it in via the tip-line.

In a typical scumbag union tactic, Paddy blames the customer/client for not paying a Living Wage to their cleaners.

While the unions will be ecstatic with Paddy, what’s the bet BSC members getting tucked for $20k a year will be less than enthused at El Presidente’s comments.   Read more »

Business NZ and CTU more even cunning than I thought [UPDATED]

 

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You’ve got to hand it to troughers Helen Kelly and Phil O’Reilly. Following some public expressions of doubt  ‘what the f*ks going on’ by Judith Collin’s last year, and some digging round by the Taxpayers’ Union, ACC, the CTU and Business NZ saw the writing on the wall with their nice little money earner.  So what did they do?  Quickly extended the contract before it all went public!

The Taxpayers’ Union has blogged:

 

Despite the ACC telling media yesterday that it decided ‘late last year’ to can the programme, we learned this morning that the contracts were renewed in December. The end date is now 31 December 2014.

It appears that ACC only changed its tune since the Taxpayers’ Union publicly exposed the rort.

Remember, it’s not the Taxpayers’ Union who labelled the training scheme a waste of money, it’s ACC’s own experts. Telling the public that they will scrap the scheme but waiting for the new contracts to expire is not good enough. They conveniently failed to mention that the contracts have just been renewed…  Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union uncovers Phil O’Reilly snout in the trough along with the CTU

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Looks like the Taxpayers’ Union has uncovered its first decent story of union toughing.

Material released by the Taxpayers’ Union show a cosy deal between Business New Zealand, the Council of Trade Unions (“CTU”) and ACC has cost ACC-levy payers $19 million since 2003.

The documents … show ACC knew that millions paid to Business NZ and the CTU to provide health and safety training did little, if anything, to reduce workplace accidents.

Recent ACC analysis concludes that, even with optimistic assumptions, for every dollar spent on the training 84 cents is wasted. 

A 2013 briefing to the Minister for ACC, Judith Collins, states that the CTU has found it “challenging” to meet its performance obligations even though it has been contracted for service since 2003.    Read more »

Did they include Labour’s leaders office?

The CTU is running a campaign about “vulnerable workers”, or “insecure work” as they like to call it. They have released a report suggesting that 30% on New Zealand’s workforce is “insecure”…presumably that includes all the staff in David Cunliffe’s office who got the arse when he took over?

I hope the PSA is battling hard for those “insecure workers”.

The CTU releases its report into insecure work, Under Pressure: Insecure Work in New Zealand at its Biennial Conference – Fairness at Work, held today in Wellington. CTU President, Helen Kelly says “whether we call it casualisation, precarious work, temporary, or non-standard work – it means that workers have worse conditions, less security, less say and are more vulnerable. That may suit the boss – but it is unfair and does not work for workers.”  Read more »

About time, great move by Collins

Judith Collins is moving to take another card way from the unions…she is going to spike their cash from ACC.

A $1 million government funding to the Council of Trade Unions to run accident prevention workshops is under review.

ACC Minister Judith Collins recently announced a near doubling of the amount of funding the Accident Compensation Corporation makes for accident prevention work, from $22.4 million to $40 million.

However that is accompanied by a review of existing programmes and in an interview with NBR ONLINE Ms Collins said she had told officials there are no sacred cows with regards to existing programmes.

“And I’ve told them if they need to kill sacred cows that need slaughtering, I’ll back them.”  Read more »

Societies Office brings Unions out of the cold – Unions now on notice

The NZ Societies Office has now created a separate Union register (finally) and it is for all and sundry to view.

This is the biggest re-organisation of any selected group by the Societies Office since god knows when.

The whole 147 Unions are listed with incorporation dates and registration numbers.

Observation by the Owl

My first question is why would the Societies Office create a separate register?

I am pretty sure I know the answer. (refer to my post on Steven Joyce 29/11/2012)

Some quick statistics

There are 147 registered unions

111 are independent and don’t belong to the CTU (75% have said no to joining Helen Kelly’s CTU)  Read more »

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Helen Kelly’s Together Union – has it fallen over?

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As you know the Owl’s favourite little union is Together Union.

The one which Helen Kelly pumped $90,000.00 of Union money and decided to provide $1.00 per week union fees – especially for people like Taxi Drivers while letting affiliated Unions slug their members 300% to 700% more.

So now with the new Labour Leader who wants to regulate taxi services and give self employed people the “living wage” the Together Union is just perfect Helen Kelly and the new Mr David. (Note this is the third Labour Leader with the name David and the other two were knee-capped while leader.)  Read more »

I can see where this is going and it isn’t where Darien Fenton thinks it is

Yesterday Darien Fenton made much of asking how many submissions have been made on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill.

David Bennett said there were around 12,000 documents. Fenton has now spent a day constructing a blog post off of the back of this series of questions…does she think we can’t see where she is going with this.

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