The EMA will oppose youth rates. Yeah right!

I’m a proud unionist, so today I joined a protest my union (Unite) helped organise against the Government’s proposal to reintroduce youth rates for the minimum wage.

We had originally planned to direct the protest at John Key, but given his absence overseas and Alasdair Thompson’s brain-fart about women’s supposed lower productivity due to their menstrual cycle earlier this week, decided to take it to the National Party policy unit  Employers and Manufacturers Association office.

It was a fun time – a hundred or so tampons (none of them used – we are heath and safety conscious) were thrown at the EMA office, or inserted through a convenient gap in their locked sliding glass door.

  • [Note to self: take a camera next time – it would have made a great pic.] 
  • [Note to EMA: Not a good look re health and safety – if tampons can get in through the gap in your front door, so can small incendiary devices or biological pathogens.]

TVNZ ran a small item on the protest.  They spelled Unite organiser Joe Carolan’s name wrong, but more significantly, they quoted Alasdair Thompson:

Thompson said he has always supported equal pay for equal work.

Guess that means Thompson and the EMA will be opposing the reintroduction of youth rates. Yeah, right!

Alastair Thompson: supply and demand

I do not know if Alastair Thompson is sexist and/or an idiot. The things he said yesterday however definitely were both sexist and idiotic. What I am not so convinced about though are the calls for his resignation. Most calls for him to resign draw from on the argument that he does not represent the views of women. I reckon that is not his job though. As the chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association his job is to represent the views of those employers who choose to belong to his association. Continue reading