New Zealand Workers prepare for a Showdown with Nats

The Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) which represents 50,000 workers in 10 industries has announced its intention to hold a mass stopwork meeting and then march on Parliament on July 20 – 90 days from today. [Press Release] The protest action has been planned to scare Wayne Mapp, the National Party industrial relations spokesperson, into scrapping the Employment Relations (Probationary Employment) Amendment Bill, which would allow employers to sack new workers within ninety days of starting a new job. “It will affect everybody – from a 16-year-old starting his or her first job, to the 45-year-old with a mortgage and family to support. They could be sacked without even being given a reason, and won’t be able to do a thing about it” said Andrew Little from the EPMU. It is particularly ironic that the EPMU have decided to give Mapp ninety days notice of nation wide stoppages as the same length of time will be given to new workers until they hae job security. Links: CTU | Rank and File blog | Labourstart


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