Unions vow to continue fight against 90-day trial

Unions are vowing to continue the fight against an employment law change passed by Parliament last night.

The 90-day trial period for new employees has been extended to all businesses.

Previously it was limited to those with 20 or fewer employees and the change was voted through 64-56 against strong opposition from Labour and the Greens.

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says there won't be any let up in the campaign against the 90-day law, which the Labour Party calls "fire at will" legislation.

"Unions are not sitting back in defeat at this moment," she said last night.

"We will continue to campaign against this government's attack on work rights and its continuing failure to take adequate action against unemployment."

Ms Kelly said the Government had chosen to listen only to business lobbies.

"There are 150,000 New Zealanders officially unemployed, yet the Government's response is to weaken everyone else's job security as though that was the root of the country's economic problems," she said.

"It seeks to weaken wage bargaining when our wages are falling further and further behind Australia's."

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said during the third reading debate on the bill the probation period had been a success.

"Rather than the sky falling in, as was hysterically proclaimed, employers of small and medium-sized businesses gained the confidence to hire new employees," she said.

"It is a fact that without the trial period, hundreds of New Zealand workers would not have the jobs they currently do have."

Ms Wilkinson said businesses didn't want to face a personal grievance if they hired someone who turned out to be unsuitable.

"They simply chose not to hire anyone. The 90-day trial has changed that."

Labour's Trevor Mallard said extending the trial period to all businesses was "just a continuation of the National Party's attacks on the rights of wage and salary earners and their conditions."

He said the law wasn't helping the economy and had been brought in for political reasons.

"It weakens the processes around job security, extends the range of reasons for dismissal, restricts substantially the right to appeal, and restricts the right to reinstatement," he said.

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Unions and Labour are so marginalised these days because of their failed belligerent and confrontational stances – they’re almost irrelevant to the wider NZ public. The Hobbit saga only reinforced my opinion on just how destructive Unions and their agenda’s actually are to a country. They’re not much better than parasitic bottom dwellers.

Ms Kelly said the Government had chosen to listen only to business lobbies. "There are 150,000 New Zealanders officially unemployed, yet the Government's response is to weaken everyone else's job security as though that was the root of the country's economic problems," she said.

What Ms Kelly fails to mention is that NZ has been subjected to completely unbalanced employment laws since the last Labour Government in a complicit sop to Labour’s lap dogs the Unions.

If a business fails – no one has a job. If an individual wants to future-proof their earning possibilities and employment prospects – it doesn’t come from belligerent unions using the great unwashed masses as pawns in their “holly crusade” – it can only come about by the individual up-skilling themselves.

This means years of study at University or Polytechnics to gain increased skills which will lead to increased employment prospects and better remuneration. Attempting to rort employers and confuse the less fortunate in their ranks with typical union / labour propaganda – really only works at labour / union meetings.

The rest of us want to ask the unions / labour if they enjoy sex and travel? And would they travel very, very far, very, very soon!

Of course, unions and labour will find it completely distasteful that individuals have to take responsibility for their own careers / actions – as that would mean individual responsibility for their own actions, judgements and outcomes.

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Unions and Labour are so marginalised these days because of their failed belligerent and confrontational stances – they’re almost irrelevant to the wider NZ public. The Hobbit saga only reinforced my opinion on just how destructive Unions and their agenda’s actually are to a country. They’re not much better than parasitic bottom dwellers.

Ms Kelly said the Government had chosen to listen only to business lobbies. "There are 150,000 New Zealanders officially unemployed, yet the Government's response is to weaken everyone else's job security as though that was the root of the country's economic problems," she said.

What Ms Kelly fails to mention is that NZ has been subjected to completely unbalanced employment laws since the last Labour Government in a complicit sop to Labour’s lap dogs the Unions.

If a business fails – no one has a job. If an individual wants to future-proof their earning possibilities and employment prospects – it doesn’t come from belligerent unions using the great unwashed masses as pawns in their “holly crusade” – it can only come about by the individual up-skilling themselves.

This means years of study at University or Polytechnics to gain increased skills which will lead to increased employment prospects and better remuneration. Attempting to rort employers and confuse the less fortunate in their ranks with typical union / labour propaganda – really only works at labour / union meetings.

The rest of us want to ask the unions / labour if they enjoy sex and travel? And would they travel very, very far, very, very soon!

Of course, unions and labour will find it completely distasteful that individuals have to take responsibility for their own careers / actions – as that would mean individual responsibility for their own actions, judgements and outcomes.

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I'm wondering what the unions view on Paul Henry having a 90 day trial period would be.

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The Unions of course, are completely free to set iup their own businesses in competition with the present existing businesses; and employ staff on the union basis of 'jobs for life' no matter how unsuitable you may be, or how unsuitable the job is to the individual.

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One thing is certain. There is nobody in Labour or the Greens that I would even offer a job let alone trial for up to 90 days.
In case I am wrong, would somebody supply a name or even two names plus skills descriptions and references, if any.

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How about it unions - set up a Kiwi Saver scheme to invest in co-operatives (union run businesses).
Show those capitalists how it should be done.

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What part of WORK dont the unions understand.If the employee dosn't like it they can resign and they do So with equal oportunity in the work place ,the bosses now have the same choices. Work well employees you have a job,be a troublemaker?thanks for leaving.

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The 90 day trial is brilliant for us as a small business. No longer do we have to worry about having to employ someone who we know wont fit in due to their ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, religious beliefs or age. We can finally go back to employing the best one for the job i.e. the one with the short skirt and the big tits!!

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