Susan Has The Wood On TVNZ
In amongst all the kerfuffle about TVNZ, Fraser, Ralston, Boyce, rumoured Board member resignations, mega packages and puddles under desks lurks a fundamental question.
Why are the people who are deemed to be 'the talent' treated as employees?
It seems incongruous to me that these people are not dealt with as independent contractors who are able to sell their services to the highest bidder on say a bi-annual or triannual basis. I find it bizarre that someone like Susan Wood and a few years ago John Hawkesby could resort to the employment court and extract huge payments from a corporation when in fact their real value had diminished to the stage where the corporation no longer could justify a previous price. These people are not 'employees' in any real sense.
Wood's value is measured by her programme's ratings. If the ratings have fallen then so has her worth. No doubt she would be in there arguing for a huge increase if her ratings had doubled and she would and should win the argument with no interference from Helen Clark or her hand picked board.
For me, I wouldn't give her the time of day.
Update 1200: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10353376
She told the Employment Relations Authority in Auckland pay negotiations with TVNZ had affected her sleeping and eating and she had shouted at her children in a way she never had before.
That made her ashamed.
I remember seeing her doing a 'Holmes 'Show' one evening a few years ago when something went wrong and she thought she was off camera. There was an amasing personality change and she screamed abuse at some poor soul. The eyes blased, the nostrils flared and the sinews stood out like wire ropes on a suspension bridge. It only lasted for one second but it was enough. All Ralston has to do is show that to the court and she'll have trouble blaming TVNZ for turning her into a bitch.