Here he is on 95bFM's The Wire trying to justify letting employers pay new workers lower wages:
“By default at the moment you must belong to the union for the first 30 days. We’re saying no, actually the employee has a choice.”
This is simply untrue. Union membership in New Zealand is voluntary and has been for a number of decades!
National’s law doesn’t give you more choice, it removes basic pay protections for new workers. Under the current law when you start a job you have the right to be paid at least the union rate for your first 30 days.
You can earn more, but the law sets minimum standards to protect you from coming under pressure when you start out. It also helps protect existing workers from having their wages dragged down over time.
National wants to remove these protections so employers can hire new workers on lower wages - and its own advice says this will cut Kiwis’ pay.
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