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John Key’s track record on raising wages – 10. A New Government’s Response


Continued from: John Key’s track record on raising wages – 9. Conclusion



Hopefully someone in Labour, the Greens, NZ First, and/or Mana, is  keeping careful track of every one of these nasty, neo-liberal,  “reforms”.

Once in power, a Labour-Greens-NZ First-Mana Coalition must act decisively to undo and repeal every single one of these “reforms”.

Not one strand  of their repugnant legislation must be allowed to stand – not one.

Only a fool could still believe that National’s labour “reforms” are in any way designed to raise wages. They are not.

The true intent of   so-called “labour market reforms” is to make the workforce more “flexible” (exploitable); undermine the last vestiges of Unionisation; and drive down wages so that our workforce is a cheaper option than Australia.

It is a plan to turn this country into an “anglocised China” or “Southseas Mexico“.

The good news is that undoing National’s legislative obscenities should be a reasonably easy task.

The harder job will be for an incoming government to enact new legislation to enshrine workers’ rights forever. We simply cannot afford  National coming to power ever few years and repeating their destructive policies  against workers.

It’s one thing for Middle Class New Zealand to have a rush of blood to their heads and vote for a National “government” that will eventually end up screwing them over. But workers should not have to pay for this kind of Middle Class masochism.

Not if we want,

  • fairness in the workplace
  • real high wages (not National’s fantasy-variety)
  • and young New Zealanders encouraged to stay here, instead of migrating to Australia

We went through this batshit in the 1990s and now we’re going through it all again now.

Enough already.

It’s time for sanity to prevail.






Addendum 1


Date: Sunday, 11 November 2012 3:11 PM
From: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@yahoo.com>
Subject: Industrial relations, raising wages,  and worker’s rights in this country
To: Darien Fenton “Darien.Fenton@parliament.govt.nz”,
    Denise Roche “Denise.Roche@parliament.govt.nz”,
    Brendan Horan “brendan.horan@parliament.govt.nz”,
    John Minto “Hone.Harawira@parliament.govt.nz”

Kia ora Darien, Denise, Brendan, and John,
I have blogged a critique of John Key’s pledge to raise wages for New Zealand workers. John Key has made numerous statements in 2008, ’09, ’10, ’11, and this year, endorsing wages being raised.
I have matched reality with his rhetoric, and comes up with the following results, here, with these eleven short blogposts;
John Key’s track record on raising wages – preface
https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/john-keys-track-record-on-raising-wages-preface/John Key’s track record on raising wages – 1. The “Hobbit Law”
https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/john-keys-track-record-on-raising-wages-1-the-hobbit-law/John Key’s track record on raising wages – 2. The 90 Day Employment Trial Period
https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/john-keys-track-record-on-raising-wages-2-the-90-day-employment-trial-period/John Key’s track record on raising wages – 3. Ports of Auckland Dispute
https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/john-keys-track-record-on-raising-wages-3-ports-of-auckland-dispute/John Key’s track record on raising wages – 4. Rest Home Workers
https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/john-keys-track-record-on-raising-wages-4-rest-home-workers/John Key’s track record on raising wages – 5. The Minimum Wage

John Key’s track record on raising wages – 6. Youth Rates

John Key’s track record on raising wages – 7. Part 6A – stripped away

John Key’s track record on raising wages – 8. An End to Collective Agreements

John Key’s track record on raising wages – 9. Conclusion

John Key’s track record on raising wages – 10. A New Government’s Response

As this country’s natural coalition-government-in-waiting, I would welcome your comments on the critiques I have written. Specifically, please outline your Party’s policies,
1.  regarding National’s track record thus far,
2. your policies regarding the issues I have raised,
3. what aspects of National’s so-called “reforms” you intend to repeal.
Any response you provide will be added to my above article as an addendum to “A New Government’s Response”, with full acknowledgement of your Party, spokesperson, etc.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter and I look forward to your reply,

-Frank Macskasy,




Previous related blogposts

The betrayal of our young people

“I was wrong about rising unemployment” – Blogger

Additional to “The Hobbit” Law

Radio NZ: Parliament debates Hobbit law change

Helen Kelly (NZ Council of Trade Unions): The Hobbit Dispute

Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Bill

Legislative History: Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Act 2010 No 120, Public Act

Labour vows to repeal Hobbit law


Parliament: Employment Relations Act 2000, Section 67A – the 90 Day Trial Period (March 2009)

Fairfax: Low wages ‘advantage’ for NZ – English (10 April 2011)

Fairfax: ‘We need more cheap foreign fishermen’ (17 Oct 2011)

TVNZ: Aussie wage gap now 40% – Brash (7 Nov 2011)

TV3:  Raising minimum wage won’t cost jobs – Treasury (10 Nov 2011)

Fairfax: Jackson pulls back from port comments (12 March 2012)

Fairfax: Calls to end shipping lines’ price fixing (25 April 2012)

TV3: Aus wage rise increases gap with NZ: Union (2 June 2012)

Otago Daily Times: Minimum wage increase: results may surprise (22 Aug 2012)

That was then…

NZ Herald: Salary and wage rates increase by record amount (5 May 2008)

NZ Herald: The miracle of full employment (7 April2008)

This is now…

Fairfax: Wage rises lowest since 2001 (3 Feb 2010)

TV3: Unemployment up to 7.3pc – a 13 year high  (8 Nov 2012)

Other blogs

No Right Turn: Turning a blind eye to exploitation

The Standard: John Key Selling (out) New Zealand



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  1. Recluse
    11 November 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Brilliant blogpost/s! Clear evidence this government is composed of liars of psychopathic proportions. Amazing how the MSM can’t provide such a critique but hardly surprising nowadays.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the recipients of your email reply, it’ll be disappointing if not, reduces one’s faith in the opposition’s commitment.

  2. TMA1
    19 November 2012 at 12:10 pm

    No way will I be voting for National again. I trust Key as far as I could throw the lying prick.

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