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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Workers Want Fair Share

The good chaps who run DB Group celebrated the other say by shouting a beer for every New Zealander. Adolf didn't get one but then again Adolf drinks whiskey or Tetleys (the golden elixir of Yorkshire) so Adolf is not complaining. However some of the 'workers' at DB are.

According to the Herald they are 'demanding a fair share of the Good Times.' Now I have lots of sympathy for the workers, having some years ago worked on the shop floor but I wonder if these fellows are prepared to share in the 'Bad Times' when they come along. Will they each kick in a couple of hundred dollars from their savings when the company needs a bit of a hand through a difficult time? Just to help out the jolly old share holders who might not have seen a dividend for two years? Course not.

Interesting to note that in a work force of 520, only 170 have elected to join the union. So the big brave 'first national strike in twenty years' is actually a bit of a tame puff of wind in a backwater. They've been offered a 4% wage increase with a 10% bonus but they are striking, yes you heard me, striking for 5%. The employer has indicated the strike action is putting in jeopardy their 10% bonus. Adolf's enquiry to DB Group's head office reveals that the strike will not jeopardise the bonuses of non union workers. What a pity because if it did, the other blokes would pull the idiots into line quick smart.

I wonder if the union has told the workers that a vote for National's tax package on September 17th will give them better than six times what they are striking over? Naaah, that would take brains to work out. I'll bet some of these guys are on well over $60k per year. The National tax cut is worth at least $2,400 in the hand which is worth pretax today around $3,900 which is, hey presto, 6.5% increase without any wage increase from the employer.

All just goes to show they should never have given the ungrateful buggers a free beer in the first place.

Look out for more industrial action like this over the next three years should Dominatrix and Co succeed on September 17th. The first thing they will do is reward their mates by bringing back compulsory unionism.

I''ll bet you a keg of Heineken on it.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 8/24/2005 02:24:00 pm


Blogger Jimmy Jangles said...

Well I hope we don't run out of beer celebrating when Helen loses her job next month.... or when drowning our sorrows if she keeps it....

8/24/2005 03:28:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I've actually been meaning to make a list of strikes in he past few months, it seems every day there is a new strike announced. If anyone has any links to news articles about different strikes, could you please post them here - that would be very useful ;)

8/24/2005 04:52:00 pm  
Blogger tincanman said...

Bernard, here's a few:

Bus drivers and some more bus drivers.
Airlines and some more airlines here.
Lecturers here.

I get the feeling there are more, but those are the ones I could find from my own archives.

8/24/2005 05:22:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

The biggies I think have been coal miners and bank staff.

8/24/2005 05:25:00 pm  
Blogger Lucia Maria said...

National Radio keeps going on strike, they had one after 12pm today. Not sure how long it lasted.

8/24/2005 05:30:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

What a joke those guys are. How can they just keep walking off the job like that? Are they financially punished?

8/24/2005 05:33:00 pm  
Blogger Jono said...

well they aren't paid for the days they strike so it is kind of amusing really lol

8/24/2005 06:11:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

Maybe their union should be encouraging them to vote for a National lead government so they can wallow in the joy of tax cuts leaving their employer to do what it should ... earn profits for shareholders, keep them happy and stay in the business of doing just that, rather than sending DB off to oz to satisfy Austrailans. Unions are truely a waste of space. Vacuios minds infecting void minds.

8/24/2005 10:45:00 pm  
Blogger Blu said...

Article on recent strikes here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3388315a11,00.html

Radio NZ
Child, Youth and Family Services
Fuji Xerox
Kapiti Observer
Hutt News
Upper Hutt Leader
Kapi-Mana News
Carter Holt Harvey
mental health inpatient and community nurses

And that is just in the last TWO weeks.

8/25/2005 09:05:00 am  
Blogger Blu said...

And according to a press release from Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern, there has been an 800% increase in the number of days lost to industrial action, compared to the same period last year.

Quote the article: "Over 9,196 workdays were lost due to industrial action just in the second quarter of 2005 alone, says David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for EMA (Northern)."


8/25/2005 09:18:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

In Australia during the seveties union domination was so all pervasive that in Sydney there was a 'dial a strike' telephone hot line established. The purpose? So that people could keep up from day to day and from hour to hour with who was on strike and who was at work. It actually became impossible to do business because one never could be sure which services were available and which were closed down by unionists.

8/25/2005 09:35:00 am  
Blogger Blu said...

Also, workers at the Chelsea Sugar Refinery began an indefinite strike last week, and Clincal Psychologists and Wellington Hospital are planning on striking next week.

Hehe this is fun!


8/25/2005 09:51:00 am  
Blogger tincanman said...

Is anybody in this country, you know, apart from us Bloggers, actually working? No wonder nobody wants a tax cut - they're all too busy striking to benefit from it.

8/25/2005 01:25:00 pm  

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