Thursday, 26 September 2013

Victory for Unite and the disabled.


"Over the weekend we learned that KFC hates the disabled, having a policy of systematicly sacking their disabled workers. Now, thanks to Unite, that policy has been reversed and its victims offered their jobs back:
Unite Union has reached an agreement with Restaurant Brands over the dismissal of 17 workers at KFC with disabilities that includes offering them the chance to get their jobs back.

Over the past year and a half the company has been carrying out store “restructures” that involved demanding staff with disabilities meet an impossibly high bar of being able to do every job in the store to stay employed. The agreement with Unite Union provides for the establishment of a “limited duties role” that can be done by disabled workers once minimum health and safety training has been completed. These roles will be offered to all the dismissed staff even if they have received a settlement when the dismissal was challenged by Unite or their advocacy group.

There's an obvious lesson here: unions work. There's another: so does the threat of bad publicity. But there's also a clear problem: the laws intended to protect disabled workers from discrimination and dismissal clearly did not work in this case. Parliament needs to look at why, and tighten them".

Mana Movement and all progressive political parties thanks the Unite Union for their quick and effective action over this vital issue. The Unite union here in Palmerston North is represented by Bonita Moyes, an organiser who is making her mark. 

1 comment:

Wheeler's Corner NZ said...

Hello Peter, I tried posting a comment, but so far nothing has appeared. Perhaps it was that I hadn't subscribed? I thought I had written out the two scrambled words correctly and left a space between them.
I have copied the part below that I pasted in after writing a small explanation. It is from Progress and Poverty, and though written in the eighteen eighties, the precepts are still applicable today.. In England today, most farmers are still tenant farmers. As Henry George explains, Ground rents tend to the highest the market will allow, while wages tend to the lowest.
After the Black Death n 1350 AD, a third of the European population had been wiped out, so with so much more land available, rents were lower and wages were higher for the next 150 years. Merrie England!
Similarly in New Zealand, artisans were in short supply and were able to negotiate a forty hour week long before the rest of the world. Why would indentured servants stay with employers in Wellington when they could find cheap land in the Hutt or Wairarapa? Once all the land has been claimed by title holders, then that is when ground rents rise at the expense of wages.
George's solution was to bring in land rents for government revenue, and not tax labour.
If you are interested you can find Progress and Poverty to download free. Another book is "Social Problems."

On 27/09/2013, at 4:40 PM, Peter Wheeler wrote: