Unions

An ambo writes

Further to our post yesterday, a serving ambo officer writes:

By way of clarification:

St John employs both events staff and front line ambulance staff. The majority of events staff are volunteers with basic first aid skills, while front-line staff are full time professionals. Most are degree qualified and paid around $50,000 – $60,000pa, some have post grad qualifications and paid around $70,000pa.

Sadly there are a shortage of both. St John salary budgets prohibit employing more full time staff (St John are currently in negotiations with the government for additional funding to employ more staff, primarily so there will no longer be any single crewed vehicles), and the volunteer workforce in general is shrinking.

The field of paramedicine is highly specialized. Nurses cannot do our job. In fact most doctors, with the exception of emergency department doctors, cannot do our job, and require an additional year of post grad study in paramedicine if they want to work as front line ambulance officers. So solving the low staffing numbers isn’t as easy as just getting someone else to do it. Read more »

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Forging cheques. And she was and still is registered

The march of dodgy teachers through various disciplinary process or the courts continues.

A Tokoroa teacher has been censured for misconduct including forging cheques.

Marie Hinehou Thornton appeared before the Education Council’s Disciplinary Tribunal this afternoon.

She was charged with a list of offences from her time as a teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Hiringa, including forging the signature of the chair of the Board of Trustees on cheques, and lying about the number of students on the annual return.   Read more »

More good news

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger, David Farrar brings some very good news:

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The data above is from the Registrar of Unions. While the big fall off in union membership was in the 1990s, it has continued. The percentage of the labour force in a union has gone from 18.5% to just over 15%.

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Dopey Meat-workers unionists attack wrong target

How retarded are Meat-workers unionists in going after Westpac instead of their dodgy, corrupt, thieving shed boss?

Protest action has taken place outside Westpac in Invercargill on Friday after the bank’s financial offer to the victims of an alleged cheque fraud was deemed inadequate.

More than $55,000 was allegedly stolen from a meatworkers union “shed fund” expense account at the Blue Sky Meats processing plant over a seven year period.

The shed fund committee team has been seeking reparation from Westpac for the lost funds.

Documents reveal there has been ongoing correspondence between the two parties, with the bank making a final offer to the shed fund to settle the dispute.

However, the shed fund members, who are union members working at the plant, said the offer was too low and they refused to be bound by a confidentiality agreement.

They protested outside the Westpac Invercargill branch from 11am-12.30pm on Friday, saying they want to show other non profit groups and clubs what can happen if a bank fails to detect fraud on two-signature cheques.

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The future of unions is the slow painful demise they deserve

Unions are no longer relevant to NZ society

Unions are no longer relevant to NZ society

Bryce Edwards writes a big long whinge about the future of unions at the NZ Herald.

It is a bit forlorn, but he tries to fill it with hope and promise. The bottom line though is unions are no longer relevant for modern workers. The numbers show that.

Many of the tributes paid to Helen Kelly in the last week acknowledged her success in raising the profile and positive perception of the union movement. More than ever before, unions are less reliant on industrial muscle and more on winning the public relations battle – getting consumers and voters on side with their campaigns and political interventions.

Kelly was a talented leader but the hard reality of union health remains grim. The movement she led has been barely holding its own after a catastrophic collapse in the 1990s.

The public isn’t necessarily convinced about unions. According to UMR’s 2016 Mood of the Nation report, unions are the second least trusted institution – with only 30 per cent of those surveyed having confidence. This is more than the media (26%), but less than big business (31%), churches (33%), and banks (44%).

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Unions oppose Talley’s move to protect workers

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in New Zealand yet shockingly some unions oppose drug testing in this and other dangerous industries. Would you want to work with someone who uses P? Addicts of Methamphetamine are dangerous individuals who can become unpredictable, extremely violent and manic. Imagine having someone like that on board a fishing boat at sea. You would think that workers would support their company taking precautions to protect them from co-workers on P. After all, they would be the first to complain that their employer had not ensured the safety of their workers if there was a P related accident onboard.

Testing of employees for drugs or alcohol is becoming increasingly common in New Zealand workplaces.

The main reason employers decide to test is that, depending on the type of work being performed, impairment by alcohol or drugs gives rise to a very real health and safety hazard.
Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to protect employees and others from hazards at work – drug or alcohol testing is a reasonable step that can be taken, especially now that testing services are readily available in New Zealand.

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Unfortunately, New Zealand company Talley’s do not have workers as concerned about safety as they are. At least not onboard their Nelson based ship.

Crew members from a Nelson-based Talley’s ship say they feel violated after their hair was shaved to comply with company drug-testing.

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Why taking the middle ground isn’t always the best choice

It is difficult being an online business these days. Thanks to social media you are an easy target for social justice bullies and politically motivated groups like unions. Few online businesses have the stones to stand up to these kinds of attacks and most totally capitulate, despite the fact that the attackers are not even customers in many cases. Cameron has always given the advice that when you are attacked you should never apologise and in fact, you should ” double down ” on whatever it was that you were attacked for. To apologise and to capitulate shows weakness and makes you an even bigger target.

My Food Bag is a New Zealand company known for the freshness of their products. One of the many products that they include in their food bags is Talley’s peas. It is not surprising that they use Talley’s as they are the only frozen food company in New Zealand to use exclusively New Zealand vegetables. In other words, a New Zealand company supporting another New Zealand company, supporting New Zealand farmers.

When My Food Bag were first attacked they did not capitulate. Instead, they attempted to find the middle ground. They handled the initial online attack by acknowledging the concerns of the attackers. They said they would look into it and they did. After completing an audit they explained that they had found that the concerns of the attackers were not backed up by facts and stated that they would continue to use Talley’s peas. They then did what I consider to be a master stroke of diplomacy. They chose to pour oil on troubled waters by giving the attackers what they wanted without actually giving into their demands.

All of a sudden I saw happy tweets from the attackers declaring victory. Apparently, that week in their food bag they had received McCain peas. All in all, it was an excellent result but then…

McCain Foods South Canterbury workers who have travelled to Australia to fill in for striking workers from the company’s Ballarat factory have been condemned by the E tū union.

…”We are both horrified and disgusted in the action of those workers to travel that distance to be there and undermine the rights and terms and conditions of other workers,” Donaldson said.

“It is about as low as you can go.”

…”McCain has been conducting good faith bargaining negotiations with the union here in Ballarat for six months, however, the union has now instigated protected action, which limits our ability to meet our customers’ needs,” the statement said.

“We’re disappointed it’s come to this, but we believe it is important we give all our employees the right to vote on our offer to them, because it is our employees and their families who are losing money while this action continues.

“We’re confident our employees will vote for our offer, which includes a significant wage increase that is above the rate of inflation…

– Stuff

Oh dear, if you are not allowed to buy things from a company that is in dispute with its union members where will it end?

Where is Jessica Williams going to get her peas from now?

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Jessica Williams has just run into a massive problem. Fresh from her campaign to bully My Food Bag into ditching Talleys peas from My Food Bag she now has an ethical dilemma to deal with.

It seems McCains is now also persona non grata with union ratbags.

Their crime?

Using “scab labour”.

McCain Foods South Canterbury workers who have travelled to Australia to fill in for striking workers from the company’s Ballarat factory have been condemned by the E tū union.

E tu national industry strategy director Neville Donaldson, whose role focuses on the food industry, has confirmed three workers from South Canterbury travelled to Ballarat last week and a further seven are expected to go this week.

It is believed they were shuffled through the Ballarat factory’s back doors to avoid picketing staff.

One of the workers, a Timaru man, was a union member who resigned his membership as soon as the union expressed concerns to him about his decision to travel to Australia.  Read more »

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“GDP up” just the war cry the CTU was waiting for

Just when the economy is going gang busters along come the unions with their bludging, grubby hands out.

The latest figures show gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.9 percent in the June quarter, taking annual growth to 3.6 percent.

Driven by housing, strong demand for exports and immigration, New Zealand now has the third highest growth rate in the OECD.

However, how much of the increased growth is getting through to workers?

ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie says any growth flows into the economy and eventually into wages.

“If we continue to see unemployment track down, wages will start to move up and people will start to get ahead.

“We’re seeing real wage growth at the moment of 1.5 percent, but I’m expecting that to grow to 2.5 percent over the next 24 months.”

However, critics say we’re relying on immigration and on a per person basis New Zealand’s hardly growing at all.

“The biggest disappointment is the fact that it’s driven by population growth rather than by increasing the quality of what we are doing. Our productivity growth is probably going backwards,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.

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Another nasty SJW attack on My Food Bag

My Food Bag has been attacked on social media before and I wrote about it at the time. Now an ex-political journalist who works for New Zealand’s largest union and describes herself as a “Union spin doctor,” has instigated another nasty attack.

 

One of the social justice warriors Dave Phillips, who shares Jessica William’s bandwagon has “Union Thug” on his facebook profile. I think this neatly sums up the calibre and motivation of the people involved in this hit on a reputable business. The photo of him includes a badge that reads “Die Scab

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