Why no rush? Have the union donations dried up?

Labour have stated they are in no rush to push through their pay off to the unions:

Legislation reversing National’s controversial “fire at will” and rest and meal break laws will be signed off this week as Labour moves to implement the last of its 100 day plan.

But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has moved to reassure business Labour is in no rush to pass controversial “fair pay” laws that appear to have contributed to a slump in business confidence.

Is that because they have no idea how to even measure it, much less legislate for it?

The Labour caucus has been meeting behind closed doors in Martinborough to nail down the last of its 100-day plan before the return of Parliament next week.

Legislation to introduce fairness in the work place will be finalised Thursday and introduced before the end of Labour’s first 100 days, on February 2.

So not implemented…have the unions been tardy with their donations?

A cabinet committee is expected to sign it off this week, and it will include reversing the previous National Government’s fire at will laws, and unpopular rest and meal break legislation.

Ardern said the changes had been well flagged by Labour on the campaign trail and should come as no surprise to anyone.

Why does the media use Labour’s pejorative terms like “fire at will”. The law was the 90 day law, not fire at will and there was scant, almost no evidence of people being fired at will.

Repealing that will lead to rising unemployment.

But as the slump in business confidence threatens another “winter of discontent” she signalled Labour would move more slowly on one of the more contentious aspects of its industrial relations policy, industry wide fair pay agreements.

Uncertainty over their effect on business has contributed to business unease.

In an overture to business, Ardern said Labour acknowledged the need for a collaborative approach on the legislation.

“We long flagged that was something we needed to spend extra time working alongside our union and business communities, so we are putting that on a longer track.”

So, no buy in even from their corporate donors.

She said Employment Minister Iain Lees-Galloway had already demonstrated his intention to work collaboratively with business during the recent discussions around Hobbit legislatoin.

Ardern refused to put a time frame on when the fair pay legislation would be introduced but Lees-Galloway has previously put a 12 month time frame on consultation.

Labour has long promised to overturn National’s 90 day “fire at will” laws and also pledged to reverse legislation allowing employers and workers to contract out of rest and meal breaks.

But it’s plan for fair pay agreements have been more controversial, because legislation raises the prospect of industry wide strikes and industrial action.

The last thing we need are the return of Stalinist national awards.




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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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