Right priorities

Easter trading laws are a dogs’ breakfast but successive attempts to sort them out have failed.

The mess is compounded by Department of Labour inspectors having to work on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to prosecute businesses which choose to open and whose staff choose to work.

Now there’s some sense being brought to the issue:

Labour Minister Simon Bridges signalled yesterday that in the future officials may rely solely on complaints because inspection staff were needed elsewhere.

“There are some very serious issues in relation to migrant workers and exploitation in this country,” he said.

“It is a question of using our resources and the labour inspectorate better.”

This could mean “not necessarily having inspectors out on every corner on Easter trading weekends, enforcing the laws”, he said.

“I don’t think, and my sense is, New Zealanders wouldn’t necessarily want us to be over-enforcing that, having inspectors out there all the time.”

Acting on complaints is one thing, deliberately setting out to find businesses in breach of the law when there are other more pressing matters for staff to attend to is quite another.

Finding businesses exploiting any workers but particularly migrants who are often more vulnerable is a far greater priority than looking for businesses choosing to open with staff who choose to work.

4 Responses to Right priorities

  1. Neil says:

    This is a topic I get hot over the collar about.Hypocrisy is the name of the game.
    I see relifious beliefs as being irrelevant to the situation. In the gay marriage debate most Kiwis probably would find it unpalatable. In most cases people just get on with life. Likewise in Sunday trading if you want to go to church and not shop you can do so. No one can force you to go shopping.
    Surely personal principles should guide the decision. Workers should have the freedom of working that day or not..
    Why should nanny state tell us what we can do or not do !!

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  2. Andrei says:

    There is something about sacred things that attract barbarians like a moth to a flame who then proceed to smear them with feces.

    Good Friday and Easter Sunday in your heritage and that of the majority of New Zealanders sacred.

    And this is irresistible to the crass and cannot be left to stand, these days have to be dragged down.

    Protecting these days in law is a good thing, though rigorously enforcing it through the courts is just as bad as trashing them in the first place but having the law makes a statement that as a nation we value that which we have received from our forbears.

    But mind you a generation that is so degenerate that it actually believes in abomination marriages between couples of the same gender is beyond help and part of a culture that will soon have gone the way of the Etruscans because they a too fricken stupid to understand how babies are made and the importance to the future well being of the culture to raise them and supporting the people who do so.

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  3. Gravedodger says:

    I do not require any government to prescribe how I should behave if that behavior does not impinge on the beliefs, mores or expectations of someone else.

    Andrei should the governing classes attempt to force someone such as yourself to trade on a day you regard as holy, sacred or special in any way I will be on the streets with you to protest.
    My exception is Anzac day when we remember the sacrifice of so many, a substantial number who were forced to serve by conscription, who went to war so that I could remain New Zealand citizen enjoying the freedoms I do.

    That a bunch of statists should presume whether I can travel, trade or enjoy my garden on a day that Christians regard as holy is wrong.
    Same for Islamists, communists, socialists and every other bunch of control freaks.
    Oh the irony that some “inspectors” enjoyed super incomes for the days of Easter by ‘working’, LOL.

    As I said forcing you and your fellows to work is a totally different matter to stopping someone else from making some profit on any day, that is abhorrent.

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  4. Andrei says:

    My exception is Anzac day when we remember the sacrifice of so many, a substantial number who were forced to serve by conscription, who went to war so that I could remain New Zealand citizen enjoying the freedoms I do.

    But GD don’t you get that once you trade off any sacred day then they are all up for grabs and sooner or later all will be lost, including our Anzac day.

    None of them relate to me per se except that they are what makes New Zealand, New Zealand and not Singapore or Monaco.

    Have a look at this story from England GD and then think of another English story from recent days, the beheading of a soldier in the street by an English born son of immigrants who did not adopt English ways but abandoned the Christian Faith of his own parents for militant Islam. Can you figure why?

    Those boys who made the sacrifice you admire (and me too) did so because there was something worth fighting for but let me tell you something matey New Zealand of the 21st century is probably not worth fighting for – I would not want my boy laying down his life for the right for garden centers to open on Good Friday, plastic wakas and Alison Mau’s “right” to leave her husband and marry her girl friend – debased cultures are not worth defending and when the crunch comes probably wont be.

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