Hobbit hysteria bill

October 28, 2010

Today the government is rushing through a law change designed to stymie film workers’ attempts to bargain collectively.

Under the Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Bill  workers employed in film production work will by default be ‘independent contractors’ rather than employees. This will prevent them bargaining collectively as prescribed under the ERA. It also means they can’t legally take strike action as that is outlawed under the ERA except when bargaining for a collective agreement. Film workers will be deemed to be contractors running their own businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

Great article on the Hobbit dispute

October 28, 2010

Herald columnist Brian Rudman’s article on the Hobbit dispute is one of the best written on the subject.

He manages to capture every aspect of this dispute - the anti-union stuff, the spoilt brat Jackson, the toadying and grovelling part of the NZ national character, the feudal-like carry-on, and the patronising sexism towards Malcolm and Ward-Lealand.

Read his article

Also worth checking out is Ian Mune’s interview on Breakfast TV


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