Today the Herald and the Press wrote scathing editorials about Labour’s “Back to the Future” pro union, anti growth wage policy.
The Press tells Labour it is dreamin’
The Labour Party claims its work and wages policy, which it released this week, will boost the country’s economic performance and generally provide a better future for workers. That is very unlikely. The policy’s strange mish-mash of bureaucratic centralised wage-setting, legislated higher minimum pay and repeal of some of the present Government’s liberalising workplace reforms has gruesome echoes of the unlovely 1970s. Far from being a forward-looking policy, as the Labour leader, Phil Goff, has declared it to be, it recalls policies long thought dead and buried.
The policy has been welcomed by unions, as well it might be. It could well have been written by them. The 1970s were the unions’ heyday and with this policy they no doubt see some chance of restoring some of their lost glories.
The Herald channels this blog.
It will not be easy to take the Labour Party seriously at this election if it comes up with any more policy like the one announced on Tuesday.
Labour needs an involuntary euthanasia policy for a number of their out of touch, unpleasant MPs, and this should begin with Darien Fenton. Readers will remember she is the genius that attacked the Mad Butcher as a class traitor, and now has got Labour two damning editorials for her untenably stupid Wages policy.
The DomPost likewise slates Labour:
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If living standards were determined by government decree, Labour’s new industrial relations policy would be a breakthrough contribution to an age-old debate.
Sadly for the low-paid workers Phil Goff’s party is trying to woo, wishful thinking has nothing to do with living standards.
The consequence of hiking the minimum wage from $13 to $15 an hour, as Labour is proposing to do, will be to deny more unskilled young job seekers the opportunity to get a foot on the job ladder. The consequence of telling international film producers it is our way or the highway will be for them to pack their bags. And the consequence of requiring all employers in an industry to offer the same minimum set of terms and conditions will be to ship more jobs off overseas.
The only winners from Labour’s work and wages policy, unveiled on Tuesday, will be unions, which can expect a temporary increase in members and influence.
I fully expect a hand-wringing angst-ridden post about the evils of media corporates hating on labour sometime soon from Clare Curran.