Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bring back old-style New Zealand employment law...

Labour's logo from 2000 - 2007. Updated versio...
Labour's logo from 2000 - 2007. Updated version of mid 1980s logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New Zealand Nats are legislating the offspring of the Employment Contracts Act - the ECA. The idea is to cut the 10 minute smoko breaks as we used to call them and the 30 minute lunch breaks. OSH came out a few years ago and said workers need these breaks. There has always been flexibilty where it has been needed, and afternoon breaks were often given away for a 30 minute earlier finishing time.

Actually I think National is just being bloody minded and stupid knowing it is going to the chopping block in 2014 - the idea will be to slow down Labour /Greens reform program. To make it easier Labour/Greens just needs to bring back pre-ECA legislation with a few modifications. To throw some hand grenades into the system - bring back compulsory unionism. It would solve so many problems in the workplace. Bring back the Awards system too. Make negotiations with employers so much easier too.

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