3 May 2013
Service Union Calls On MP to Apologise to All Hospitality Workers and Step Down
The union representing hospitality workers is calling on National MP Aaron Gilmore to formally apologise to all hospitality workers across New Zealand and resign if it is confirmed that he threatened to get a worker sacked by using the Prime Minister’s office.
“Our hospitality workers work hard each shift on low wages to deliver a professional service to patrons and are entitled to be treated with respect,” said Service and Food Workers Union spokesperson Chas Muir.
“Aaron Gilmore should stop blaming others and apologise to all hospitality workers in New Zealand who he degraded through his arrogant behaviour on Saturday night,” he said.
“He should also step down if the serious allegation of using his position and the Office of the Prime Minister to bully an employee into breaking the law, by serving an intoxicated person.
“If it is confirmed that Aaron Gilmore threatened to use his and the Prime Minister’s position to get a worker sacked, his role as an MP is no longer tenable.”
Chas Muir said John Key should not wait for a formal complaint, but investigate the matter now.
“A serious allegation has already been made, and the Prime Minister needs to act immediately.”