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Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

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National’s sacking bill is going to meet resistance.

The 90 day bill is an overt attack on workers' rights, targeting the most vulnerable in small worksites. Workers in these job sites currently enjoy few rights as they are mostly not unionised and the employers consequently have a great deal of power.

The CTU is responding with a petition and looking at putting adverts in the major newspapers. This falls well short of what is needed.

Direct action by workers is the way to respond to this attack.

Unite union is taking the lead by saying that any worker can join Unite for $2 a week and get phone advice and back up where needed. If workers are wrongly sacked in the 90 day period Unite will organise pickets in defence of these people. Any employer who sacks under this legislation could find themselves confronted by a rowdy picket line and Unite's 20 foot rat.

Employers plainly want to put the pressure on workers; it's time to push back.

Contact: Daphna Whitmore 0294949865

Links: Unite Union | Workers Party

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Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

The argument for this that national are selling and the mainstream media are buying is that this will allow employers to take a punt on prospective employees that were previously considered too risky. So, depending on individual employers prejudice this could be people fresh out of prison, Maori, people with tatoos etc. You make your own list. The point is the argument presented for needing this is that an employers prejudice has to be pandered to in order for them to take on staff.
However, the real reason for this legislation is to get at the wages and conditions of the lowest paid workers in nz. This will create a chill effect on any advance in wages and open workers to worse exploitation than already exists.

Re: Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Why "Maori people with tattoos" specifically? I'm sure that pakeha or Pacific Islanders or Asians or whoever else don't get it any easier for having tatts when applying for work.

It's always bugged me that employers can discriminate against the colour of your skin if it's artificially coloured. (-;

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If you read it again, I've put commers throughout the list. But I was just showing how random discrimination can be. Who knows what prejudices the boss has? The reality is that discrimination tends to hit Maori, Pacific islanders, new immigrants and people out of prison harder than other sections of the population. But sure, Pakeha and others still cop it too.

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Excellent!

Simon

The Centrist Honeymoon is over- National Government Attacks Begi

The honeymoon is over.

On the first day of parliament, John Key's new National Government announced it would ram through legislation before Christmas enabling employers to Hire and Fire workers at will during their first 90 days of employment. Over 100,000 workers at any time will be affected by the new bill, which will be pushed through parliament under urgency.

Those who argue that this government is centrist are providing a saccharin coating for the bitter pills a coming. Supporters of the Maori party within the union movement in particular face a major test of loyalty- to their new NAT-ACT coalition partners or to their fellow workers. The sheep's clothing is coming off the wolf, and workers need to be ready to respond to these attacks on our rights as soon as possible.

That's why Socialist Aotearoa has convened the "We won't pay for their Crisis" meeting at 7pm on Thursday night in Auckland's Trades Hall. We'll be joined by John Minto from Unite union and Catherine Delahunty, the new Green MP. We have also invited our comrades from the Workers Party, the Auckland Anarchist Network, RAM, the NDU and the EPMU to come and speak. W e appeal to you to make the effort and get there with your mates.

It's vital that the fighting left unites and gets politics out onto the streets and into the workplaces to defend our rights during what John Key called today "the worst financial crisis since the great Depression of the 1930s." The day before he was elected, Socialist Aotearoa heckled John Key on a photo-op walkaround in Auckland. The one question we kept asking him, was "who will pay for the Crisis, John? The bankers, or the workers?"

Now we've got our answer.

Fight the 90 Day Bill.

We Won't Pay for Their Crisis
Public Meeting convened by Socialist Aotearoa
with John Minto, Unite Union
Catherine Delahunty, MP Green Party
Frank Doleman, Socialist Aotearoa
and a wide representation of Auckland's fighting left.

7pm Thursday Dec 11th
Auckland Trades Hall,
147 GreatNorth Road
Grey Lynn

www.socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Last time this 90 Day law was mooted, there was all sorts of shit talked about defending Labour's "fair and ballanced" legislation.

In fact both new and older workers are sent down the road every day already and the Personal Grievance Proceedure is no guarantee even for those who know about it and take it up.

But the new 90 Day bill does make things worse than they are now. It shifts the goal posts to the right and encourages the employing class to strengthen their grip..

I think every organised job could and should use their collective power to oppose this anti worker law.

An organised job can meet and decide to declare their worksite a 90 Day Free Zone.

That means they tell the employer that any enactment of the new law will be met with collective ressistance, which could take various forms of action , ideally up to and including an illegal strike against the dismisal of a sacked new worker.

That tactic would build on the job solidarity and keep the initiative in the hands of the rank and file.

Don Franks

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Wrong!

The 90 day bill is an attack on slack peoples' rights!

People who put in a good day of work have nothing to worry about.

But if you slack off, be prepare to have your job taken by someone more deserving.

Can't wait till they get on to the dole bluggers. Will Indymedia hae to shut down at that point?

Re: Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

I have a disability and are slower than fit healthy people to do most things so what happens to people like me,the employer can just sack me and i have no where to turn and then what is next?, a 26 week stand down from a benefit.

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Empathising with everything you've said here, it should be noted that Kate Wilkisnon has said that no stand-down period will apply to people who are sacked in the first 90-days.

Jared P.

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

"The 90 day bill is an attack on slack peoples' rights!

People who put in a good day of work have nothing to worry about.

But if you slack off, be prepare to have your job taken by someone more deserving."

The main problem with this argument, is that the boss is the one who determines who is 'slack'. If you are pregnant are you being slack? If you have a disability, or the boss just doesn't like your skin colour, or your audacity to want to join a union, are you being slack? Furthermore, New Zealand has few if any 'dole bludgers', the low unemployment figures are indicative that almost all people who are able to work, do so. To give John Key some credit, he did make it clear that this was National Party policy when he was campaigning, and I didn't see much in the way of protest at that stage. In fact the Workers Party, to my memory, spent more energy on complaining about how bad Labour was.

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Blunt man writes:
"In fact the Workers Party, to my memory, spent more energy on complaining about how bad Labour was."

I don't know about "more" time. We certainly emphasised the Labour party for the simple reason that few of the people we were addressing ourselves to had illusions in the National Party as a party to deliver to workers as a class. We will however be as implacable in our opposition to the National-led government as we were to the previous Labour-led one. We are after all primarily opposed to capitalism as a system, not to any particular capitalist party.
Cheers,
John

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

This can work in the employee's favour by if you don't like the employer then you can walk out after three months and say that the employment contract wasn't renewed. That's what I did in the '90s, under the Employment Contracts Act when I was last in Aotearoa.

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Oh, by the way, I agree with most that this does give the employer more power than what they already have and on the whole suxs!

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

one answer to this legislation,
general fucking strike.
riots in the streets.
sabotage the social factory.
go slow at all times
fire every union bureaucrat and replace them with the unite rat.
helen kelly go to hell
this is classwar

Re: Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Drop the rhetoric since it is a turn off.

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Our main aim as anarchists is to turn you on.

Re: Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Are you for real?
One answer to this legislation,
Is not to have riots in the streets.
Don't sabotage the social factory.
You definitely gotta go slow at all times.
Don't fire every union bureaucat and replace them with the unite rat.
Be brave and replace them with LLAMAS man!
Of course llamas shits in one place but who cares!
Attack the issues and not humans!

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

Sympathize with the sentiment but maybe a little work on the tactics here?

Sabotage the process by ruining businesses!

I remember this from the 1990s when National was last in power. It did not work for me because when I was in the three month probationary period all I did was underperform and sabotage the employer's business. So all what they paid me for was for dumping work, being offensive to customers and upsetting suppliers.

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Under the heading "Sabotage the process by ruining businesses!", Jean-Luc wrote:
"I remember this from the 1990s when National was last in power. It did not work for me because when I was in the three month probationary period all I did was underperform and sabotage the employer's business. So all what they paid me for was for dumping work, being offensive to customers and upsetting suppliers."

Unfortunately this approach requires that, presumably like Jean-Luc, workers don't actually "need" jobs. In the real world most workers get a job because they need money to pay bills, put food on the table for their families etc. They can't afford to go out of their way to get sacked.

Of course the other point is that, even in capitalism, work does have to be done for society to function. So getting and then undermining a job for a lark is no solution, either for most workers in their daily lives, or as a means of transcending capitalism.
Cheers,
John

Re: Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

You go right ahead John and be a good little capitalist bowing down to unitarist overtures. Sabotage is a normal response when one party makes unilateral decisions. It’s a well known fact in psychology and human resource management. (Some evidence of this is when slave labour was used to build fortress Europe for the Nazis. It failed of course or where is Nazi Germany now?) We did the same and thoroughly enjoyed displeasing unenlightened employers who thought they were being intelligent by hiring people on this heartless scheme. This method of employment is open to abuse by giving the employer more power than what they already have, so they deserve to be punished by poor performing employees.

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If you are likely to be fired after 90 days who might as well get paid for pathetic work.

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Blunt Man:

You may be right in claiming that NZ "has few if any 'dole bludgers'" but what about those goddamn dole bluggers!!

Re: Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

The only Dole Bluggers that I know of are the Service Centre Managers of Work and Income, who thrive on a culture of bullying and lies, which is one of the main reasons why beneficiaries are treated so bad in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

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These Service Centre Managers, Work Brokers and Case Managers think they are smart by behaving in such an unprofessional and offensive manner but I know that nobody else will employ them. Recruitment agencies will never employ them for example, so these people have shot themselves in the foot by ruining their careers and are unemployable.

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I know of at least four recruitment agencies, two banks, one newspaper and two call centres that won't touch WINZ staff and managers because of the way they treat customers, so these career opportunities are closed to them. Thus, if anybody thinks they are clever in behaving in this way - think again!

Re: Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

The only Dole Bluggers that I know of are the Service Centre Managers of Work and Income, who thrive on a culture of bullying and lies, which is one of the main reasons why beneficiaries are treated so bad in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Re: Declare your job a 90-day free zone!

what about businesses rights?