I can’t wait for driverless buses, not that it will affect me at all

I don’t use public transport. I have an abiding belief that public transport is for other people to use, not me.

It simply isn’t convenient for me to use public transport in any way.

There are those who do though, and they are now being inconvenienced yet again by ratbag union scumbags mounting strike action.

About 135,000 Auckland commuters are being warned to expect delays from tomorrow until further notice as bus drivers take industrial action and “work to rule”.

The action will cause disruptions to Metrolink, North Star, Go West, Waka Pacific, City Link and Outer Link bus services. School buses will not be affected.

The drivers claim their employer, NZ Bus, is increasing their working hours without providing toilet breaks. They’re also negotiating a pay rise.   Read more »


Early election for Australia?

It looks increasingly like there could be an early election in Australia so that Malcolm Turnbull can capitalise on Australia’s dodgy union and dodgy Labor scandals.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is willing to call an early election and campaign on a policy of cleaning up the union movement, after a royal commission found it infested by louts, thugs, thieves, bullies and perjurers.

In his final report, Trade Union Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon on Thursday recommended criminal charges be considered against 48 people and organisations and civil action taken in 45 other cases, but said this was just the tip of “an enormous iceberg”.

Mr Turnbull said a federal-state police taskforce would continue to investigate referrals from the commission. The Government will also move to establish a new registered-organisations commission to regulate unions and employer groups. The commission would have similar powers to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

The Government also wants the Senate to approve by the end of the month a bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Mr Turnbull suggested he could call an early double-dissolution election if the March deadline was not met.

“We are willing to fight an election on this,’’ he said.

“If this is not passed, if we cannot get the passage of this legislation through the Senate, then in one form or another it will be a major issue at the next election.’’

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I, for one, welcome our robot overlords


via Stuff

Mostly because they can’t be unionised.

Two fully-automated brisket cutting and evisceration robots have been installed at Alliance Group’s Smithfield plant in Timaru.

The robots were designed, manufactured and installed by engineering company Milmeq Ltd, which manufactures in both Dunedin and Auckland, in conjunction with Ovine Automation Ltd. Read more »

Must be some sort of rule…

…That you have to park like an a**hole if you drive a union car.

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AFFCO rules union T-Shirts are as bad as gang insignia

I can see AFFCO’s point. Unions act like thugs with bullying tactics.

If I was an employer I wouldn’t want my staff coming to work in union patches.

Workers at AFFCO’s Rangiuru and Horotiu plants have been told they are not allowed to wear union t-shirts to work, the Meat Workers Union says.

Last month, the Employment Court ruled the company had acted in bad faith and undermined the union during contract talks.

The union said, since then, workers on contracts had been bullied by supervisors.

Union organising director Darien Fenton said, in the latest incident, the employer at the Rangiuru plant near Te Puke told workers they were not allowed to wear their t-shirts to work and likened them to gang insignia.    Read more »

Union bosses attempt to stuff up student joy

In four short weeks, thousands of university students will be graduating in the December graduation ceremonies. There will be the traditional victory march of graduands though the city followed by a formal ceremony at the Town Hall that is full of pomp and ceremony with friends and family proudly watching on.

Or will there?

Students could face a wait for their end-of-year grades as staff from the Auckland University of Technology go on strike this week.

The strike action comes after a collective agreement covering 600 members expired and renegotiations for a new two-year agreement failed.

Union members on strike make up about 70 per cent of AUT’s academic staff and are refusing to upload students’ grades onto the university’s online database Arion.

Auckland University of Technology union staff will go on strike this week after pay negotiations with AUT broke down. Union staff are seeking a 2.5% pay rise next year and 2.5% in 2017, while the university has offered a 1.3% rise next year and 1.5% in 2017.   Read more »

Companies bidding on Government contracts under Labour simply need to cost in a fully NZ crew, no matter the cost

Labour’s solution to create jobs is a form of subsidies, and tilting the playing field.

So instead of getting the best deal for taxpayer money, Labour is going to use government tendering as a perverted process to subsidise fake jobs that won’t last as soon as the Government stops paying for them.

Labour will re-write the rules for lucrative Government contracts to advantage bidders who can prove it will create jobs in New Zealand.

Labour leader Andrew Little made the jobs announcement in his speech at the Labour Party conference this afternoon in Palmerston North.

Similar to the Labour Party’s policies in 2011 and 2014, he said Labour would harness the Government’s $40 billion buying power to create jobs and help local businesses go up against big international companies.   Read more »

All that is left of the unions are the officials


When I wrote Dodgy Unions I was highlighting just how parlous the situation of unions has become. Falling membership, lack of relevance but the organisations have accumulated vast war chests of cash from past members that the officials keep on dreaming up battles to fight.

The union movement continues to lose workers, but they have transformed themselves into an employment agency for political operatives.

Judith Sloan looks at the demise of unions in Australia.

If the trade union movement in Australia were a company, it would be thinking of filing for bankruptcy. In the early 1990s, its market share was 40 per cent. It is now 15 per cent.

In the private sector, only 10 per cent of workers are members of trade unions in their main jobs. In absolute terms, there are 1.6 million trade union members in their main jobs or 1.7 million in total. Note that there are 11.8 million employed people in Australia.

What are the explanations for this catastrophic decline in union membership? Is there anything the trade unions can do to arrest the decline? How is it that the influence of the trade union movement has not fallen in line with its falling membership?     Read more »

3D print the components, then let the robots build the house. Suck on that unions

Increasingly ridiculous demands, insane OSH laws and generally dopey regulations are spelling the end of manual labour.

Automation and technology will be the final nails in union coffins.

Zurich-based architects and roboticists have created an autonomous construction robot capable of laying bricks into pre-programmed structures.

Designers at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication laboratory believe a future generation of the In-situ Fabricator robot could be used widely on building sites.

Matthias Kohler, of ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), is one of the supervising professors on the research team.

According to Kohler, who is also an architect, it is “the first machine that can actually go on construction sites and build non-standard designs, meaning designs which can vary and adapt to the local conditions directly in the building site.”

Professor Jonas Buchli supervises the research. He told Reuters that construction sites are fascinating to roboticists.    Read more »

New CTU boss hankers for compulsion without actually saying

In 1991 Jim Bolger passed the Employment Contracts Act, that act gave us workplace freedom, freedom to choose to not belong to a union.

Prior to that act of freedom, perhaps the last act of freedom passed by a National government we all had to belong to unions. Those were the same unions who interfered with our holidays with strikes, the same unions who halted a bridge being built at Onehunga for literally years and the same unions who mired the economy in the dogma of class battles.

When that act was passed freedom returned to the work place and outside of the state sector Kiwi workers embraced freedom. Unions now only represent under 10% of the workforce outside of the state sector.

The new CTU boss is upset by the level of union participation.

The Council of Trade Unions says the small percentage of workers on collective bargaining agreements is a poor reflection on the country’s labour record.

An International Labour Organisation study shows that about 15 percent of workers in New Zealand have collective agreements, compared to nearly 100 percent in Austria and France.

The study shows the number of New Zealand workers on collective bargaining agreements is less than in Albania, Russia and Bulgaria, and on a par with the United States.   Read more »