The SCAB bill?

You would think that the Employment Relations (Continuity of Labour) Amendment Bill was the end of the world if you look at press releases from unions, the Green party and Labour.

I was wondering how long it would be before someone called it a scab bill…didn’t take long…it was the Greens:

Proposed changes to labour laws would punish hard working families and result in children going hungry.

“Parliament entertaining the idea of allowing casual contractors and unpaid staff to work when employees are on strike would undermine the rights of workers to collective action” said Marama Davidson, Green Party candidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

“AFFCO workers in Wairoa and around the country won some small concessions after spending months last year during a shut out, the bill would completely undermine any leverage the workers had in that situation. The Scab Bill would create huge hardship in already stressful situations, we could see workers fighting with casual labour brought in to keep profits up while a lock out is forced on staff.” 

Perhaps Jami-lee Ross might like to rename the bill in their honour….Strike Contractors Activation Bill.

They forget though that this bill simply returns the employment situation to what it was prior to 2000. If the sky hadn’t fallen in prior to 2000, it certainly won’t fall in after 13 years of having it propped up.

Meatworkers weren’t starving and their kids going unfed prior to 2000. These sorts of arguments are just plain ridiculous. Further their talk about punishing hardworking families is just bizarre…they would be on strike! They are only punishing themselves fool…it isn’t a law doing that, it is fat cat union bosses on 6 figure salaries who have caused it by calling a strike that won’t affect them personally.


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