Labour’s work and wages policy takes employment relations back decades.
Over at Keeping Stock, Inventory 2 puts a very strong case against raising the minimum wage to $15.
None of our employees is on the minimum wage but, as I2 says, increasing it will put pressure on other wages.
It’s a policy which will discourage the employment of the young, unskilled and inexperienced, as will ending the 90 day trial period for new employees.
We employed a manager earlier in the year. She came well recommended but we had some reservations about how well she’d cope with the job. She agreed to a 90-day-trial period, proved herself and we confirmed the position as permanent.
Had we not been able to give her a trial we wouldn’t have employed her.
The policy also includes Industry Standard Agreements which will take us back 50 years.
We don’t need backward looking policies like the one today on industrial relations from the Labour Party, says Kim Campbell, chief executive of the Employers’ and Manufacturers’ Association.
“The Industry Standard Agreements policy is a one size fits all approach that would take us back to 1960′s,” Mr Campbell said.
“People sitting in Wellington can’t decide what’s good for businesses and their employees in Invercargill and Kaitaia. It simply doesn’t work.
“Business wants to work to build an exciting future for all New Zealanders and we all want to get on with it.
“We want to focus on increasing productivity and attracting more investment to lift our business performance.
“But no matter how its dressed up this policy takes us back to system of national awards and it would undermine all the progress made towards flexible workplaces. . .
Kiwiblog has a graph of stoppages and work days lost to strikes which illustrates the danger of returnign to the bad old days.
The policy is pay-back for the financial support unions give the party.
It might be good for unions but it will increase costs without increasing productivity which will be bad for employees and employers.