Why Section 97 is so evil

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The Young Nats have a remit up at the Northern Region conference calling for the repeal of Section 97 of the Employment Relations Act, 2000.

This Act was bought by the unions who funded the 1999 campaign for Labour, and their money bought them Section 97. Section 97 removed the right for employers to replace striking workers with temporary labour, giving massive power to unions, especially over some of New Zealand’s biggest primary production industries.

How it works is meat or dairy processes have massive amounts of raw product coming during the peak of the milk or killing season. The unions know this, and know that a strike at peak times will cost businesses millions. So they wait until the worst possible moment for the business and call a strike with an extortionate demand. 

The processing companies have little choice but to be extorted or they will lose millions as milk has to be tipped out or animals get sent to different plants.

This means that employers try to solve industrial disputes well out of season, and are forced to lock workers out so the unions cannot extort them later in the year.

My old mate, former Young Nat and current Minister of Labour Simon Bridges should arrange for Section 97 to be repealed.

It is an appalling piece of legislation bought by the funders of Helen Clark’s government.


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