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Over the last hundred and two years, Labour has demonstrated a loyalty to capitalism that can’t really be faulted

From rdln.wordpress.com

Jacinda & the Elephant

Delivering her pre-Budget speech to a Business New Zealand audience, Labour prime minister Ardern said business confidence was “the elephant in the room”.

Business confidence has apparently been low since the new government took office. A business confidence survey conducted by NZIER found businesses had become pessimistic about economic outlook for the first time in two years after Labour assumed office.

There is no need to worry.

Over the last hundred and two years, Labour has demonstrated a loyalty to capitalism that can’t really be faulted. During the 1951 waterfront workers lockout, possibly the most tense class standoff after the land wars in New Zealand history, Labour delivered for the class they have always answered to. “Labour is neither for nor against the watersiders,” party leader Walter (later Sir Walter) Nash declared.

The pattern of behaviour continued in later years, all down the line.

Following the stock market crash of October, 1987 capitalism was in trouble. State-owned enterprises started shedding thousands of workers. Factories closed – over one hundred and forty in Auckland in less than two years – along with hundreds of shops and offices.

Bankruptcies were up by fifty percent, eighty-six thousand jobs disappeared and unemployment in New Zealand was up to over 180,000 by early 1989.

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Photo: Wikipedia (Members of the first Labour Govt 1935)

Corporate Knighthoods … and Why You Should Boycott Talley’s Products

(Photo credit: Support Talleys Workers! FB page)

“Corporations are required by law to place the financial interests of their owners above competing interests. They are legally bound to put their bottom line ahead of everything else, even the public good” (Noam Chomsky, ‘The Corporation’).

Talleys has been in NZ’s news this week with a FB page calling for the public to boycott their products. This is in response to Talley’s attempts to destroy their own workers’ rights. Meat Workers Union members had asked 18 months ago for their existing collective contract to roll over along with a 1.5 % pay increase. Talley’s refused to sign off the Collective Employment Contract and stalled until the National government passed a new law allowing them to walk away from negotiations. 

… from the The Daily Blog NZ:

“After threatening worker rights, after trying to set up a new Union, after using hunger as a negotiating tactic that impacted 5000 children, after having the Police contact me and request blogs be taken down, Talley’s has made a complaint to Facebook to remove the ‘Boycott Talley’s’ Facebook group.” 

Talleys who bought out Affco has eight meat processing plants in the North Island of NZ  …” a major player in the meat industry with a billion dollars in revenue annually and 2800 staff…”  Talley’s launched a fight to destroy the meat workers union and  “… the demands the company put on the table would have cut workers pay, increased the working day, gut union protections, and eliminated seniority rights for staff. The company’s purpose is simple – to boost production and profits at all costs – including the lives and limbs of their workforce, as well as the environment…”

are the people who support their local communities. They perform all the voluntary functions that keep communities going and contribute to their health and vitality. When any government or company seeks to take a decent living away from families they inevitably affect whole communities.

Anyway, since Talley’s has requested FB take down the boycott Talley’s page, perhaps you’d like to go’ like’ & join it to help Talley’s workers get a fair deal. Talley’s is certainly off my menu from hereon in. The company produces for local & export markets … meat, dairy products, ice cream and frozen vegetables so it’s an international effort here, not just local.

You’ll see in the Daily Blog article, Peter Talley, joint manager of Talley’s, was knighted back in 2012 for his services to humanity … by the Queen who owns a sixth of the planet no less.

Talley’s Safety Record

“Over the last three years ACC has paid out $8 million to nearly 5000 Talley’s employees – that’s more than one injury for every worker employed by Talley’s companies. 1286 Talley’s workers were injured on the job last year alone.”See more

Profits

This is all typical behaviour for corporations because their bottom line is always profits for shareholders. This is their legal mandate … and to boot they have no legal liability for damage to people or environments. They offload those costs onto the recipients of their ‘benevolence’ and call them ‘externalities’. And by the way, your country NZ is a corporation and its CEO aka PM is also a banker with a wealth of experience at Merryl Lynch. Adds up doesn’t it?

As a FB blogger has pointed out, the people who work for these companies

It’s all about being part of the club and the corporate arm is its strong arm.

Find out more … read the Daily Blog’s full article here:

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/08/20/talleys-at-it-again-this-time-demanding-facebook-take-down-boycott-page/