Woe is me, National is evil – Helen Kelly

So the CTU is all angry and National is all evil. Just two years into a National government everything that has gone wrong in their eyes is the fault of National.

Helen Kelly has shown that Labour=Unions.

Council of Trade Union president Helen Kelly has urged Labour to back a new workplace policy that would begin to rebuild national awards that were swept away by National’s Employment Contracts Act in 1991.

In a speech to Labour’s annual conference in Auckland today she said the the CTU had a new and comprehenive draft of an alternative approach to employment legislation.

”A worker could walk into a work place and find a collective agreement reflecting genuine bargaining outcomes between unions and employers in place.”

The plan envisaged so-called “extension” of collective argeements negotiated at big worksites to other smaller sites in the same industry.

”Where a union is dominant in an industry and bargain with the main players there is a capacity for the standards that are determined through that bargaining to be extended to other like businesses in that industry.”

She neglects to observe that Labour did nothing to roll back the advances that the Employment Contract Act brought, that Labour had nine long years with which to do something but instead tinkered at the edges.

Ms Kelly also attacked the current Government, saying it was a disaster and workers are its victims.

“They have turned their backs on workers and their families … they treat them like slackers and liars,” she said.

“Wages have stagnated at a low level, there are 256,000 jobless and 102,000 looking for more hours.”

The Labour Party is working on a new employment relations strategy, and discussion about it has featured at the conference.

Ms Kelly reeled off a list of government actions which she said had been attacks on worker rights since National came to power, and said the GST increase was having a severe impact on the lowest paid people.

She outlined the CTU’s alternative economic policy and pledged to work with Labour.

“We miss you in government,” she said.

I bet they miss them. Isn’t funny that during the nine years if Labour there was almost no industrial strife and yet 2 years into a National government the  doctors, nurses and teachers are all at the fore-front of anti-government action. Helen Kelly wants a return to Labour, and yet Labour did nothing for workers. Bizarre hypocritical behaviour really.

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