Unions besides themselves over Simon Bridges

Today starts the long convoluted select committee process over Simon Bridges’ Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The unions hate it with a passion and believe that the sky’s about to fall in and it’s some cunning plot to have the rich elite take over the world – all thanks to the Nats.

Chairing the Committee is Hamilton East MP David Bennett. This is his big chance to show he’s not afraid of the unions, and to not allow committee proceedings to be captured by whinging corrupt unions like the EPMU and SFWU.

In fact, this gives him and the other Nat MPs Mike Sabin, Chris Auchinvole, Cam Calder and Simon O’Connor a good opportunity to ask questions to the unions about how they’re ripping off their members.

Along with the EPMU and SFWU it is likely they will be prsented with a submission from The Maritime Union’s Gary Parlsoe who has also flown in to have a massive whinge about facilitation, seems he was happy to tell the Koru lounge this morning in a rather loud voice that he isn’t happy with the facilitator. He also spoke briefly with a EPMU bloke who he roundly criticised to his mates after her left, things could get tense between the unions at the select committee. 

Meanwhile committee members and union supporters Darien Fenton and angry Andrew Little will be hoping to drag out the committee for months, wheeling in Helen Kelly’s carefully selected union members to bang on about how out of touch Simon Bridges is.

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They even made a cool little video…digging the black leggings and brown boots on Helen Kelly.

Let’s see who else is in the pockets of the CTU… oh look there’s committee leaker David Cunliffe, with Rino Tirikatene, Kris Fa’afoi, Andrew Little, Darien Fenton.

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Clearly these MPs will be impartial and give ALL presenters before the Committee a fair hearing –  Yeah Right, they’ll cry a river of fake tears for the workers, but as soon as employers turn up, they’ll get all nasty and bitter.

Better grab the popcorn.


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