Good riddance, go already

A whole bunch of fat cat troughing bureaucrats at MFaT are crying into their state funded lattes this morning and threatening to walk off their highly lucrative and well padded jobs:

A survey by the Foreign Service Association of 312 staff – or about 25 per cent of employees – found 73 per cent of members working abroad for the ministry said they were either considering returning to New Zealand before the scheduled end of their posting or resigning because of plans to cut jobs and slash allowances.

Among Wellington-based staff, 66 per cent were less likely to consider a posting abroad and a quarter were thinking about resigning.

It has been revealed that lucrative allowances and subsidies for children and spouses can swell the size of a foreign-based diplomat’s pay packet to as much as $500,000.

Proposals unveiled last week include slashing those allowances, forcing 600 staff to reapply for their jobs and cutting 300 positions.

Good riddance I say. I’ll bet you their fat cat salaries and padded expense accounts that money will win over bravado. Phil Goff of course is pandering to the whingers:

“Who in their right mind would uproot their family, get their partner to give up their job, put their kids in education overseas on the basis that at the end of that position there will be no job for them?”

He had spoken to staffers he worked with as foreign minister and people were “distraught”.

“They are upset, they feel that the whole basis on which they began their career with the ministry has been totally undermined. They are disillusioned and they are thinking about their options to leave.”

This is precisely what happens in the private sector. Of course we can’t expect a man who has spent a lifetime in a sinecured position at the trough to understand that corporate staff deal with this in a constant basis. With attitudes like the MFaT staff and enabled by veteran troughers like Phil Goff it is little wonder the state sector is as bloated as it is.

Cactus Kate perhaps sums up best the real situation here:

The Union head states:
“The bottom line is that hardly anyone will want to serve New Zealand abroad under the proposed changes.”

Whatever. There’s no shortage of people wanting to work in this glamour industry. Their threats are pathetic. If they could get better jobs they would already have them.
Serve New Zealand? Nonsense. Soldiers serve New Zealand. MFAT workers are serving themselves to large perks and good pay. Perks and pay that are now under the spotlight.

Until McCully hits 100% unhappiness at slashing pay and perks he is a failure as a Minister.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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