08 June 2006
300 Unionists Called to Action on 90 Days Bill
300 trade unionist activists and delegates gathered in Auckland last night committed to intensify the campaign against a National Party proposal to do away with rights at work for first 90 days on the job.
"The workers were in agreement that basic rights at work, such as a fair hearing, are not up for grabs. They agreed to step up the campaign against National's No-Rights-For-90-Days bill," said Carol Beaumont, CTU Secretary.
"Auckland union activists are campaigning weekly in the public at major transport hubs, and last week picketed the offices of National's Wayne Mapp. From this weekend they will hit the fleamarkets as they educate workers and communities about this Bill."
"Workers oppose moves to create a new category of worker - the disposable worker," said Carol Beaumont. "Despite National's insistence that the Bill will be helpful for workers, the Bill isn't about a fair, probationary period - it is about giving bosses a license to sack workers for no reason."
The meeting last night was a CTU-Government forum in Auckland, with 300 delegates and activists from across unions.