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Survey wake-up call to respect workers – union

Survey wake-up call to respect workers – union

News that more than half of New Zealand workers hate their boss is a wake-up call to management, says the country’s largest union.

EPMU national secretary Andrew Little said a survey that showed 54 per cent of workers cited quality of management as the single biggest thing they hated about their job showed that it was time for a change.

“The old nostrum of management-knows-best is long gone,” Mr Little said.

“Workers today are more highly educated, better trained and better skilled than ever before. They have more to offer a company than just their manual or practical skills, and expect to be able to contribute to decisions that affect them.”

Mr Little said that workers were a critical source of information and opinions that should not be overlooked by any company thinking strategically about its future.

“Employers must realise that their quality of management will improve when they pay more respect to their employees and allow them a say in matters that affect them,” he said.

“The best way for workers to engage with their managers on an even footing is when they are organised and supported by a good union.”

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