The most significant change to employment relations in 20 years?

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Darien Fenton says that National’s proposed employment relations changes are “the most significant change to employment relations in 20 years”

Labour said this about the 90 day trials, youth rates, and giving employees the ability to cash in a week’s holiday.
At least Labour is into recycling… “the worst assault on worker rights since the 1990s” was also all of the above.

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  • Mediaan

    Darien Fenton is 100% Old Labour. Unionspeak courses through her veins.

    Yet, I would have expected more detailed analysis from her (and them).
    Labour shows every sign of of having some power and not knowing what to do with it.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      You’re right of course. Same old unionist problem – the need to justify your existence and contrived importance. The reality of NZ’s situation though speaks for itself, and that is. far fewer families in hardship because of sound fiscal policy (including labour laws). Fenton would rather we were more like Greece or Spain.

    • Quite so Mediaan. And of course there’s no connection whatsoever between the $237,364 that the Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) spent supporting Labour in 2005 (which was $160,000 over budget) and Darien Fenton entering Parliament via Labour’s list. The fact that she was the SFWU National and Northern Regional Secretary prior to the 2005 General Election is neither here nor there.

      And it is a matter of public record (and never denied) that the SFWU made a loss of $218,000 in the 2005/6 year, so they couldn’t even have afforded the $70,000 budgeted for election expenses, let alone the budget overrun.

      I’m sure Cam won’t mind a link; there’s more detail here in a post from July 2008 –

      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    • Mark

      Something else used to course through her veins, back in the day.

  • GregM

    Fuck it’s a bit early for that, I’m still on coffee number 2.
    “union benefits flow down to other workers”, bullshit. Union benefits flow up to union bosses.

    • 4077th

      I know right..she has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp!

      • Dave

        Thats not fair 4077th. The Bulldog cannot defend themselves against those allegations. Besides, a lot of blokes are prepared to walk their dog, would you walk with Fenton??

        • 4077th

          Ok then, how about a face like a stunt mans knee? Or a face like a blind joiners thumb?

  • 4077th

    Is it me or does the presenter look just like Bronwyn Pullar?

  • Never in the dark…..

    That person (I refuse to acknowledge gender) could scare little children.

    To suggest “Looks like lipstick on a pig”, would be cruel to a pig.

    As with all unionists, their own back pocket is their primary drive. It’s a business which milks it followers for no real benefit. A detriment to society.

  • metalnwood

    Hang on, pay people what they are worth or pay people what you want to inflate their worth to be? You cant agree on both points.

    BTW Darien, your kids left the country because just getting out of the house wasn’t far enough away.

    • Never in the dark…..

      You caught the same ‘line’ I did “pay people what they’re worth”. I’d go so far to suggest that thanks to the bloody unions, some people get paid what they’re worth, others ride on their coat tails.

      Our daughter works for one of the big banks, she opted out of the union when she joined them. She enjoys most of their benefits, without having to pay fees! I say ‘some’, apparently the union members get a 5 minute longer afternoon tea, meaning she works an extra 25 minutes a week. However as her work rate is higher and her ethic is not restricted by an entity she cannot see, she’s been recognised and has moved up the ladder faster (and been compensated accordingly).

      • johnbronkhorst

        Excellent…good on her…much power to her!!!

      • metalnwood

        yes, obviously as a human being, with children and feelings and ambitions and aspirations I am worth somewhere north of $200 an hour.

        Trouble is as a fruit picker your job is only worth minimum wage.. That turns out to be a significant difference. What People think they are worth and what the job they do is worth to a commercial organisation.

      • jcpry

        My daughter is one of the dreaded MSM journalists and has refused to join the union.
        Basically she said to them that as the pay is so bloody low that there was no way she was paying them for a job (the union) that they were obviously so useless at.

    • Chiefsfan73

      Sadly her kids did not take with them. Lord knows Australia is short of morally bankrupt, talentless union hacks.

  • johnbronkhorst

    “Labour said this about the 90 day trials, youth rates, and giving employees the ability to cash in a week’s holiday.”
    And yet….There aren’t many on your “name and shame” list.
    And yet….Unemployment is coming down.
    And yet….In Australia, unemployment is rising
    And yet….Take home wages, are rising.
    And yet….In Australia, wages are falling.
    Oh I’m sorry we don’t talk about Australia any more! Do we, labour?
    Here’s us catching Australia.. we advance and they slip back!

    • Dave

      Its simple JBH. NZ has a economy based on many factors that is doing well under a national government. The Australian economy is based on Minerals, and the STUPID labour government decided to force too many stupid laws and taxes on them, they are not doing so well, wait for 3 years and see how Aussie does under a Liberal/National government. Fingers crossed

  • LesleyNZ

    Bit scary…………………..

  • maninblack

    well that just put me off my lunch.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Youth rate?…Last century???…More like 7 or so years ago!!! About the same time that youth unemployment started to SKYROCKET!!!

  • Agent BallSack

    I remember a few years back the Government had a scheme whereby if you employed someone you could get the persons dole paid into your bank account, and top up the wages of the employee. From memory it wasnt a bad scheme – not to sure if its still running but maybe to create more employment we could look at this scheme again.

  • RightNow

    So that’s what it would look like if Ozzy Osbourne bleached his hair.

  • tarkwin

    Imagine what young Darien looks like in the morning after a hard night. Anyone else feel crook?

    • opusx

      I was looking a getting a Basset Hound puppy, but after watching this…I’m not so sure now. I need to find a pup that looks more like me: bald, tall and grumpy.

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    Why can’t someone call Fenton and co. out on this ‘Living Wage’ nonsense? There are very few businesses that would remain viable if the minimum wage is raised to $18.50/hr. I once had a factory making slat beds. if I raised the wages to $18.50 per hour, then the increase per bed sold would directly have gone up from $165 per unit sold (on average), to $190 each. If, and that is a big ‘if’, I could remain competitive, Who is going to pay the extra $25, why he/she who have just had their wages raised to $18.50 and they then will be no better off! Why can’t these stupid people understand that someone has to pay for their bright ideas? Ask Hamilton City Council!!!

    • rockape

      Shouldnt the living wage be a moveable feast. Living wage for a 20 year old living with parents is a bit different for the living wage for a 40 year old married with 3 kids, is a bit different from a young couple living together both earning a living wage.

    • Agent BallSack

      The living wage is ideal on paper. Fuck who wouldnt have it? Unfortunately its a socialist pipe dream and any country that implemented it would need aid from Greece within a term.

      • snakebit

        Exactly, you cant push wages up artificially, the market will decide what they should be….anything else is unsustainable.
        Why do the left always want to make things ‘fair’….its a jungle…work or die.

  • rightoverlabour

    Viewer discretion advised… Could have given us a more appropriate warning. Now I’ll to see a shrink, a gastric surgeon and a cardiologist….

  • Time For Accountability

    She has to be a bloke

    • jcpry

      Nah most blokes aren’t that bloody ugly.

  • Rodger T

    A face like a truckers nutsack.

    • opusx

      Seen a few of those have you?

  • Mark

    I’m guessing that profile pic of Fenton on the New Zealand Parliament website is at least 20 years old.

  • RHal

    She said one bit of truth ‘people should be paid what they’re worth’ well that’s the point of exercise isn’t it?