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She says it like it's a bad thing

Brenda Pilott, the fool who runs the PSA union, is worried.

Public Service Association national secretary Brenda Pilott warned if civil servants were denied pay increases, there could be an exodus from the sector.

“We understand times are tough, but we expect to gather round the bargaining table in good faith, not have the decision already made before we sit down.”

Gosh she is worrying about people leaving the public service like that is something bad. There are a great many of us out there that pay for these paper shufflers that wish the exodus would just hurry the fuck up. That way the formerly non-productive paper shufflers will become productive members of society and the cost of the civil service will become less of a drain on the productive sector.

And before any lefty twat (yes Fishfurter and Harp-on, I mean you) gets their thong all knotted explain to me just exactly how and where nurses, teachers, firemen and police would go to the private sector equivalent that would cope with “an exodus”

Backbenchers

I went to Backbenchers tonight.

They had some bald numpty Green from West Coast, a almost Ginger Whinger from Labour, Derek the Fox and Nikki Kaye. If you want to go know the other two names then check out Farrar’s blog because he can be bothered remembering the names of pinko’s whereas I can’t. Ok I could but I don’t want to, call me petulant and churlish.

David and I picked up Nikki from the airport and conducted our 5 question blogmobile quiz on the way to Backbenchers, for some strange reason Nikki was running late.

Backbenchers was a hoot with good heckling all round. Derek the Fox had a couple of good suggestions when talk turned to crime. i thought they had merit. The first was when he asked if we should just lock up poor people….now think about this for a minute….I think he may just be onto something here. His second suggestion was to lockup corporate crims like CEO’s etc from failed lenders.

Now don’t scoff but Foxy is really onto something there, by locking up poor people and dodgy lenders there can be a transfer of knowledge, the learniong opportunities would literally be boundless.

After the show was actually more fun, I got to chat to Audrey Young, Patrick Gower, Sean Plunkett from the media and to Derel Fox and a couple of other Maori party reps. I reminded Sean to cut down on the pies lest Cactus gets a little sniffy about his expanding girth.

I am looking forward to getting down to Gisborne for the debate between Parekura the Hutt and Derek the Fox. The Maori Party have promised me a jacket after I asked for one. They are pretty cool actually.

Election year bonus for union buddies

Today in the house today Judith Collins highlighted a lovely little rort that Labour ‘s mates the PSA have got going.

Judith Collins: Is it not true that Ministry of Social Development union members received bonuses in the election years of 2002 and 2005, and that now in 2008 they have been told they will get $750 each; and does this not imply that the bonus is the payback for the Public Service Association yet again campaigning for Labour in an election year?

Hon RUTH DYSON: No, that is not correct. The union negotiation covering the collective agreement by the respective workers does not always fall in an election year. Some years it does-in fact, once every 3 years it falls in an election year. In the other years it is not in an election year.

What an amazing coinicdence! PSA member all get a bonus in the years that seem unusually to coincide with elections.

Judith Collins: How can she justify awarding staff election-year bonuses just for being a member of the Public Service Association (PSA), and should not bonuses be related to employment performance rather than union membership?

Hon RUTH DYSON: That is a matter for the chief executive.

Judith Collins: When is this Minister going to take some responsibility; what is the connection between election-year bonuses to union members and the PSA’s campaign against larger tax cuts on behalf of the Labour Party-is she now going to say there is no connection?

Hon RUTH DYSON: There is no connection between the election year and the year in which the negotiations come into effect. If there are any parts of the agreement to be delivered they are delivered every year, not just in an election year. The implication that the member makes is disgraceful.

No Minister, what is disgraceful is that you can get a bonus simply for being a member of the union with no consideration for productivity and it seems that this cosy little arragement magically coincides with elections.

There is a word for this and it is spelt B R I B E R Y.