“Modernizing” – Employment Relations Amendment BillPosted: June 13, 2014
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
10 June, 2014
The government describes its proposed Employment Relations Amendment Bill as “modernizing”. Ever since the financial crisis of ’07-’08 in which only a few giant “too big to fail” banks emerged bigger than ever, consolidating their dominance, and with celebratory salaries of top executives in the millions, people have come to realize that “modernizing” means the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class looks all round wondering who the heck they are anymore.
A self-respecting electorate will insist that the now shelved bill will disappear so that the fundamental right of employees to a collective agreement, and to strike if need be, will be respected.
published 13 June, ’14