Three strikes…

Even the puff pieces about the Prime Minister are getting a little more serious. This from?Stuff?Quote:

For Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, June 17 possibly cannot come soon enough.

On that day and for the six weeks that follow, her primary expectations will be at the end of two short, stubby arms.

Those expectations will involve basic needs: security, sustenance and sleep. She may even get some herself while keeping one eye on what’s going on at the Beehive.

That will all be a world away from the building maelstrom of needs and wants that appears to be pushing her still-young coalition Government into an increasingly uncomfortable corner. End quote.

Heat… kitchen…Quote:

Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s cautious Budget is looking a prudent one at this point. He left about $3 billion in the kitty for what his prime minister called a “rainy day”.

This week it poured.

The nurses appear for the moment to have thumbed their noses at an 18-month pay increase of about 10 per cent, if you include the lump-sum $2000 payment. Some nurses even deemed it insulting. Workers in other industries no doubt would love to be so insulted.

For now, strikes are still on.

How the nurses proceed from here will determine how far they take the public with them in their fight for more pay and better conditions; most people believe they deserve a significant pay rise; we believe they deserve one, and have said so previously. End quote.

After ‘nine years of neglect’, the floodgates have opened. It is funny, isn’t it, how it just so happens that, as soon as we get a Labour government, we seem to get a lot more strikes? I wonder why that is? Quote:

Robertson has dipped further into the surplus for another $250m to support their better offer, which included funding for more nurses and the mechanisms to decrease workloads. Nurses now get to vote on the improved offer.

How the Government handles those expectations and the threats of strike action will cause fallout not only for teachers, sure to follow with their own pay claims, but also other public sector workers and the private sector.

It may even impact on the Government’s chances of a second term.

Such pressure certainly makes changing the odd nappy look a lot more attractive. End quote.

Steven Joyce knew that these pay claims were coming. Part of the logic behind his $11.7 billion dollar hole was that nurses and teachers had significant pay demands on the table. Labour, and most of the media, laughed in his face and said their figures were right and that he was deliberately playing politics.? Doesn’t look that way now, does it?

Labour now finds itself between a rock and a hard place, and it is all its own fault. Because they never thought in a thousand years that they would win the election, they promised the earth, while believing they would never have to front up. But now they do.

First, it was the Lyttleton port workers. Now the nurses have rejected the latest offer. Teachers are looking for 14.5%. Auckland bus drivers are striking. It is going to be a long, cold winter.

The expectation is that the government will do what it promised. Add to that the unions, fuelled by power, and we have a very dark situation developing in this country.

Thing is, all of this also fuels inflation. It is an ugly merry go round. First, there were the fuel tax hikes. Now there are big pay demands. The fuel taxes haven’t actually kicked in yet, which will probably put fuel close to $2.50 per litre.? As prices increase because of massive fuel price hikes, then will come the next wave of pay claims. And on it goes.

This government’s legacy will be record petrol prices, industrial unrest, with strikes constantly disrupting normal business and high inflation. Add that to record immigration (even though they campaigned to reduce it, and many of us believed it), a lack of housing, a lack of infrastructure, and criminals all out of prison because there are not enough prisons to house them.

Remind me again who voted for this? But don’t worry, Princess. Your maternity leave start date is just about here.