English to face grilling from union
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 6:48a.m.
Finance Minister Bill English can expect a hostile reception from union delegates when he addresses the Public Service Association today.
The union has been a vocal opponent of public sector cuts and national secretary Brenda Pilott says Mr English will face questions about the Government's management of the public service.
"I think they (the delegates) will want to send him a strong message about the reality of public sector cuts on the ground,” Ms Pilott says.
"These are being felt acutely by our members in terms of job losses, unfilled vacancies, unsustainable workloads, loss of expertise, job security concern, and plummeting workplace morale.”
Ms Pilott says the 160 delegates, representing around 58,000 members, will also want some assurances over the future of the state sector.
Mr English will address the conference in Wellington and will also face questions from the floor.
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25/09/2012 11:22:27 p.m.
@CARLOS, umm I'm pretty sure in a democracy there would be the freedom to choose whether or not you want to belong to union - as is currently the case. I'm scared to ask what your version of democracy would be...
25/09/2012 8:33:24 p.m.
@Carlos, what rubbish democracy is giving people the choice of whether they want a collective voice or not.
Thats democracy... your version is government interference of the peoples right to chose.
25/09/2012 4:47:35 p.m.
Unions should be scrapped. Each individual should do their own negotiating. This would be more democratic.
25/09/2012 3:18:56 p.m.
when will English be sacked ? remember he was running the show during the shiply years he has been allowed to do exactly the same under john key with exactly the same results . mr english should be sacked he has never ever been a successful finance minister . he must have been hard up to take un lawful money from the tax payers on his house he lied about and said he never owned it was still paying for it . 30k that cost you tax payers . time to go English your a failure . 8 surpluses in a row under cullen, under mr english 4 massive deficits in a row if you take the shiplys years about 6 deficits years in a row under Mr English . the voters of new Zealand like their minister of finance are economically irresponsible for re electing them .we have the news paper articals the media statements the facts from the times to prove it .the media know they are not stupid , this product in power now is not working NZ and neither are you . un employment was down to 3% under the last givernment the true figure it now stands at 15% under this government 15% talk about a lemon NZ .
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