Greens trying to gazzump Labour in handing out the lolly

The Green party are trying to gazzump the Labour party in promising uncosted expensive lolly for voters. They have decided that they really care for parliament’s cleaners more than Labour because they want them to get the “living wage” first.

Labour left them out in the cold.

The promises to the CTU conference are getting more and more outlandish.

The Green Party says low-earning contractors at Parliament, not core public sector workers, should be first in line for a living wage.

In a speech at the Council of Trade Unions conference this morning, Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei said her party would have a different priority to Labour in distributing a minimum wage of $18.40 an hour – known as a “living wage”. 

Labour leader David Cunliffe said at the conference yesterday that if his party was elected, he would make sure that all core public sector employees were paid this amount.

Ms Turei, whose party was a long-time supporter of the living wage campaign, said some workers outside of the core public sector had a greater need for a pay rise.

“We are so pleased that the Labour Party has made such a strong commitment to a living wage and to a living wage for the core public service.

“But we are also committed to making sure that those people who led the campaign for a living wage, that those who put themselves at the forefront of a political war over decent wages, that those who have taken the greatest risk in this campaign, and those who need the living wage the most are the first off the block.

“They are our first priority.”

Would someone from National please ago along to the CTU conference and promise that they are going to rinse unions and hound them out of existence…they are nothing but a burden to society and parasites on business.

Charles Waldegrave must be getting sticky knickers from all this blind adherence to his warblings.


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  • Macca

    If this is what they are promising now, just imagine the frantic handfuls that will be thrown next year in the lead up!

    • Col

      Ask and you will receive.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        and they are going to get the votes also. The living wage promise is a killer like the students’ loan bribe announced by the She Beast….hard to beat I guess….

  • Col

    Get rid of the cleaners and each party can take turns cleaning the toilets on a week to week rooster. At the end of the year a prize for the best toilet creation.
    If the L/W is $18.40 they won’t get any toilet paper, bring your own roll.

    • Patrick

      Be a great job for list MPs from every party – finally they could justifiably feel they are giving something back to the taxpayer for the exorbitant salaries & perks they are paid for doing naff all.
      Once the toilets are cleaned they could spend the rest of the day out in the parks picking up litter – only of course if they are under adult supervision in a public area.

    • James Growley

      I’d love to see Material Turei wandering around with a toilet brush, preferably stuck up her well nourished backside.

      • blokeintakapuna

        no thanks – was thinking about something to eat – but thanks to you – I’ll now see how fasting works…

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Add Fenton to your mix…

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Roster yeah, but can’t see the roosters being interested – and let’s face it there are plenty of grandious narcissistic roosters in Parliament.
      Sorry for being the speeling police old chap

  • Allyson

    What do you call a pay rise when there is no corresponding increase in productivity?

    I call it inflation. Which groups suffer most during high inflation? The very poor.

  • AnonWgtn

    The cleaners at Parliament are not State employees, but are employees of the Cleaning Contract company.

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    I can hear Wussels’ printing machine warming up…

    • Not Mark Richardson

      He’s in the gulag

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        Are you suggesting he was on the Greenpeace? Oh what fun that would be. NZ could deny his return visa because of his conviction! Oh please say it is true..?

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    What is all this talk of the ‘Living Wage’ going to do for those on the unemployment benefit? Surely the most needy (poorest) are those on the bene?

  • johnbronkhorst

    “The Green Party says low-earning contractors at Parliament, not core public sector workers, should be first in line for a living wage.”
    So “first in line” means I am right?….Others will follow!
    So the cost won’t be $30 mill as you and labour quote, it won’t even be $68 mill as National quote. It WILL in fact be closer to what I have quoted here,,,>$400 mill.

  • Whafe

    The verbal steamy brown stuff yapped by the left is just beyond a joke, they must open their traps and not even think it through……
    Nothing more constant than change and the left wnat to take us back to the 1950’s…
    Just a blight on society are the left

  • MarcWills

    Could someone please explain what is a “core public sector employee?” What is the dfference between a core and a non-core one? Are MP’s non-core because no-one would miss them if we gave them the DCM.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Well Marc, it is like this; the core is the reproductive part, so ‘core public sector employees’ are the ones that are the more reproductive.

      • johnbronkhorst

        reproductive?…….By that do you mean fucking us (the taxpayer) the most?

    • James

      Surely the real question is why the hell anybody is employed in the public sector to do “non-core” stuff. Surely the point of the public sector is that it does stuff that can’t be done elsewhere and leaves “non-core” services to the private sector to provide.

  • mike

    The most hypocritical thing is these Politicians earn in excess of $100k, and there’s what about 60 of them (Labour/Greens/NZF/Mana)… they could all voluntarily take a pay cut to say $60k (still more than the median income and about $20k more than you’d earn on the living wage).

    They could then give that money, lets say its $2.4m if each of them donates $40k, to the cleaners directly… now how many cleaners are there in Parliament? Maybe 40, well shit that’s an extra $60k per cleaner.

    If they did that then I might take their claims of caring about these workers seriously… but I doubt they will.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Have you forgotten socialism rule 101 – ‘Your money is our money’?

      • mike

        No I haven’t forgotten… that’s why I don’t take them seriously. Bunch of misguided fools, liars and thieves.

      • johnbronkhorst

        ◾A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, a debt he proposes to pay off with your money.-G. Gordon Liddy
        Socialism summed up.

    • Goldie

      IIRC the original Labour Party MPs refused to accept more than basic living wage, and gave the rest of their salaries to charities for the poor. But that was when the Labour Party was very much a christian socialist party (a lot of the original Labour MPs came from the methodist and presbyterian churches IIRC). Sadly, the current lot of Labour-Green MPs are not of the same ilk – they are chardonnay socialists, of which Cunliffe is a prime example.

      • mike

        I posted something on Cunny’s FB page challenging him on this matter, lets see how many death threats I get :-)

  • rockape

    So Labour want Spotless workers who work for the Parliament to be paid $18.40 but if the same worker next week is working for Spotless in an office block they will drop back to minimum wage? Have they thought about this?

    • Whanga_Cynic

      Of course they haven’t. They never think further than the current soundbite.

  • YoungA

    If the Greens are so concerned about poor, exploited parliamentary cleaners, I would rather the Cleaners take the Green’s seats and pay Wussel $62.50 an hour (provided they are on a 40hr working week @ $120k p/a) cleaning the toilets instead. A cost-benefit analysis would be huge from doing this – less drivel being put into the papers.

    • Patrick

      Productivity would drop through the floor, toilets would be left uncleaned while Russell organised a committee to hold an enquiry in to why someone sat sideways & left skidmarks in the bowl. “Dirty frackers” he shouted in his most commanding falsetto voice, Campbell would be brought in to do a seven night expose on the state of the beehive bogs, some old wheeze bag would be interviewed, NZ Herald would run follow up interviews & big Gerry would be fingered as the culprit.
      Wee Wussell would be caught on film sniggering through his fingers as everyone knows he was the real culprit, all those mung beans & herbal teas make a hell of a mess on the way out.
      Winston Peters would stagger into Parliament halfway through question time demanding answers, from the state of the skid mark Winnie deduced it had to be foreign & probably Chinese at that, if not it was definitely left by one of National’s big business taxpayer rorting mates.
      Cunliffe, not to be left in the shade on this matter announces that a fairer society is required, fiscal responsibility allowing, 120 toilets would be installed, individual nameplates would be fitted for each MP & softer 3 ply toilet paper would be made available for the most in need. Namely Mallard as it is common knowledge he has a long term debilitating case of the roids.

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        No work on today, Patrick?

        • Patrick

          Early morning in my part of the world Sir.
          Anyhow hi ho hi ho its off to work i go, another day adding value to the shareholders investment.

  • Patrick

    I for one hope this continues, Labour announce big spending policy in an effort to gain voters, Greens gazump big spending policy with an even bigger commitment, keep it up guys by the time the election rolls around all but the most leftie retards will see what a dangerous bunch of twats your are.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Some joker called Bryan Gould has written in NZ Herald that Labour is a government in waiting….

    • Bafacu

      Fantastic – keep them waiting as long as you like.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Unfortunately with bribes like living wage they could be in sooner than you think….

    • Patrick

      Joker sums him up, even Neil Kinnock thought he was deluded, Gould ran against Blair for the leader of the Labour Party in the UK & even taking into account the absolute mess Blair, Brown & co made of the UK the citizens of the UK can still consider themselves as having had a lucky escape.

      Gould is all commie & will be loving the Cunliffe version of Socialism.

      Somehow, someone within the NZ Herald believes Gould has the required amount of credibility and allows him to contribute his “pearls of wisdom.”

      This quote from Gould sums him up:
      “It’s a drug,” he says. “The limelight is seductive. It’s nice to have people interviewing you, to see yourself on telly. That’s good. It’s hard to give up.”

      My lord working in a provincial university in little old NZ must seem a long way from those giddy days in the UK aye Bryan?

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Agreed Partick. What can you expect from a newspaper that carries Matt McCarten’s droppings every week? Why is this pommie commie in NZ writing crap?

  • steve and monique

    More carrots from the fiscally inept. Guess if you are going down in the polls, you will try any bullshit to get ahead.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Correction. National is down in polls, not the communists and socialists. They are flying high….

      • steve and monique

        Take about as much notice of the polls,as I do of Campbell live.. Easy to phone Labour/Green strongholds to get results, and with the media more left then right what can we believe anymore. Anyway easy to promise the world,when all you have to lose is nothing. If you believe buying votes with promises that would likely break the bank makes sense,then maybe you need to have a good long look in the mirror, and hear the words ” show me the money”. Because that idiot Cunniliffe cant promise fuck all without adding fiscal responsibility, and how the books look to all these half truths he is bleating about getting . Fuck for a while there I was hoping we might have got a sensible alternative to Govt. Not just a collection of half truths,and false promises. My vote will stay with National till someone comes along with a better way to run this place. And if this gaggle of fucktards get in, then we are going to take our chances in Aussie. Because they have kicked the left to touch,and seem to be back on track.