The British head of Fletcher Building has some top advice for Australia…same applies for New Zealand frankly.
It is always disappointing that National politicians go to parliament admiring Thatcher, and often mention her in their maiden speech. Yet when it comes time to man up and deliver like Thatcher did they back off and go soft on unions like John Key and Simon Bridges because they don’t want a fight.
Unions are the enemy and should be treated as the enemy just like my good mate Jami-Lee Ross does.
Australia has old-fashioned union arrangements and needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher,” says Mark Adamson, the British chief executive of Fletcher Building.
On a media call following the release of Fletcher’s annual profit, Adamson said he had been “amazed” at both the level of salaries and inefficiencies in Australia. He took the top job at Fletcher last October, having run the company’s Laminex & Panels division, based in the US.
“I do come across unions and union arrangements the likes of which I haven’t come across since I was a child in the UK in the 1970s,” Adamson said. Australia needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher.”
Nick-named ‘The Iron Lady’, Thatcher was British prime minister between 1979 and 1990, during which time her government privatised state assets, deregulated industry, closed unprofitable coal mines and broke the power of the unions as part of what became known as ‘Thatcherism.’ Read more »