“Unions exist to work against employers best interests” – Union boss

You would have thought that the unions, and especially Actors Equity would have learned from the Hobbit debacle.

Peter Jackson was right to mis-trust the unions and to continue to mis-trust Actors Equity in particular.

This is what their vice-president, Todd Rippon, thinks about the role of unions:

As Vice-President of New Zealand Actors’ Equity it is my job to agitate and get underneath the skin of people like you ie employers. Unions exist to work against employer’s best interests. That’s how it works. You live in a country that has accepted that system. It may not be perfect but it’s fairer than any other system in the world. If you don’t love your country as much as I do then grow your business and take it to China. I’m sure you’d love your employees to have the same guaranteed minimum terms, conditions and pay as New Zealand Actors currently have, which is exactly none. 

Now you know why companies seek to minimise the activities of unions…they are simply not working in anyone’s interests than their own…in fact as Todd Rippon says they are actively working to stuff the company up…which is hardly forward thinking.

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