Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Alliance And Labour Conducting Policy PR Stunt

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday 12 October 1999

ALLIANCE AND LABOUR CONDUCTING POLICY PR STUNT

The release of the Alliance’s industrial relations policy today could only be part of a carefully orchestrated policy PR stunt, Employers’ Federation CEO Steve Marshall said today.

“Labour and its political partner of some 18 months, Alliance, are trying to pull a policy PR stunt over New Zealanders.

“By getting the Alliance to announce such an anti jobs, anti growth and anti business policy, Labour hopes that that will distract New Zealanders from its own bad industrial relations policy.

“Already we are hearing reports of senior Labour politicians telling those who actually provide the jobs, New Zealand’s employers, that hey, we know you think our policy is bad, but whether you like it or not, compared with the Alliance policy you might start to think it isn’t so bad after all.

“Let’s be clear – Labour’s policy is bad. It will cost jobs. It will take choice away from workers, mean less flexibility, and encourage more conflict, not co-operation.

“This policy PR stunt is political spin and manipulation at its worst,” Mr Marshall said.

“As for Alliance’s announced policy itself, it talks about “Union Rules, Collective Agreements, Union Rights of Access, Union Meetings, The Right to Strike,” but nowhere is there a mention of more employment.

“Alliance’s policy is an exact replica of the bad old days when unions brought more conflict into the workplace and the interests of workers were forgotten about.

“Labour and Alliance should realise that New Zealanders are not fooled. 82.3% have chosen not to be members of a union. They will not take kindly to having unions forced on them or being required to fund them. Unlike Labour and Alliance, they seem to like employers and their jobs more than unions,” Mr Marshall concluded .


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>

 

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

ALSO:

Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels