Let’s get real about Union numbers, Ctd

The Owl had previously detailed that less than 7% of people employed in the public sector belong to Unions.

Quoting 17% is incorrect because 10% are Government employees either through education, health or government departments.  (I have never got my head around how government employees by day advise on policy then by night work out ways to disrupt them).

The new changes outlined by MP Kate Wilkinson allow employees to opt out of belonging to a union on day one.

So we get this – 93% of New Zealanders have already made that choice without any issues, harm or detriment to their well-being.

So we get this really clear that is    1,845,356 people who said NO on day one previously!

Observation by the Owl

Why is it that a person who has educated themselves, gone through the hard yards of applying for a job, presenting themselves to their future employee, waited with baited breath on acceptance and rejection need to sign up to a union on day one and lose 1-2% of their wages.

The Unions have never educated that applicant, wrote their CV, gave them interview techniques, paid for their new suit or tie, reimbursed them their travel costs to the interview and for some unexplainable reason think that on day one they command 1-2% of the successful applicants salary.

This of all the sections to be repealed is the best and the most sensible because it allows freedom of choice and encourages democracy.


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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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