I hate it when I read stories like this one in the DomPost. Not because people have lost their jobs but because it is nothing but employter bashing. So time for a little fisking.
A Porirua factory has shed three long-serving workers, who leave with redundancy payments of just $1000 to feed their families.
They’re lucky they got that much.
Mr Tuangalu said the union had spent six years trying to lift him off the minimum wage and include a redundancy deal in the workers’ contracts, which would have seen him leave with about $11,000.
One has to ask what Mr Tuangalu did to lift HIMSELF off the minimum wage. Did he re-train himself in anything? Did he add value to the factory processes? Nah, of course he didn’t he just sat their feeding a machine and expected the union to lift his pay. There is a reason this fellow is getting the arse, he is lazy and after six years hasn’t managed to progress his sorry self even one dollar above the state enforced minimum wage.
“I know that factory better than my wife, I think. I feel like I built this place. There’s no words to explain it. I’ve got a massive headache. You just feel unappreciated.”
Uhmmmm….need I remind you you got wages for all that time pal. Wages is a shorter word for appreciated.
Mr Tavita’s wife is on a waiting list for heart surgery and they have three preschool children. His most pressing concern was paying the rent on his Housing New Zealand home.
So what, thems the perils of nine years of Labour, constatnly voting Labour and nver bettering yourself all the while working at a minimum wage job waiting for “appreciation”. Plus WTF was he thinking of having three children while in such a parlous financial position.
“I don’t know how I’m going to look after my kids. Since I first came to this country [in 1987], I’ve never been on a benefit.”
Ahhh……you could always go back.
Employment lawyer Andrew Scott-Howman said 15 years ago most contracts had “some element of redundancy compensation” but now, because employers were not obliged to offer it, most did not.
Please tell me how it is good for a company that can’t afford to keep a staff member on to pay them to to fuck off tomorrow? Didn’t think you could.
“The employer’s not in any breach of anything that I can see but, from a moral perspective, a lot of Kiwis would say that doesn’t sound like a fair go.”
To quote a former Prime Minister, “Diddums”
Managing director Angelus Tay blamed the global slump and increased material costs. “I feel very sorry for the people. I try to tell them if things improve we will try to get them back.”
The trio were entitled to one week’s notice of job loss, three weeks’ pay – they get about $550 a week before tax – and holiday pay.
The $1000 was not part of their contract and, over the years, he had used his own money to help his employees through financial problems, he said.
Oh, so the boss, far from being a complete arse actually gave them more than they were entitled to. Knock me down woth a feather, where is the story here?
“If I can, I would have given them more, but I can’t.”
Yep and still the DomPost gives you a serve.
A tearful Mary Tuangalu said she was angry the company had not taken the workers’ long service into account. “They’ve put their heart and soul into it. They have families now [and] we’re coming into Christmas. “
Oh FFS dry your eyes….your husband got paid for all the years…..tighten up, things are going to get rough.
Porirua Deputy Mayor Litea Ah Hoi said she would help to fast-track the men into benefits under a joint council and Social Development Ministry scheme.
The company had “taken 16 years of Aki’s life … To be offering $1000 for 16 years of service is absolutely disgusting.”
uhmm no actually the company did no such thing. Aki of his own free will entered into an amployment relationship where he was paid wages for his work for 16 years. He hasn’t improved his situation and as things have got tighter the company has decided his economic usefulness to them has ended and that he costs them more money than he can make the company.