Let’s extend the 90-day trial period to politicians before they can become entrenched as troughers

The Government is about to do employers a big favour, with its plans to extend the 90-day trial period for hiring staff.

The trial period allows the boss to fire a new worker within the first three months of hiring him or her, without the fired worker – or drone, more like it – having the right to take one of those bloody vexing and costly personal grievance cases.

The idea, as Alf understands it, is to extend the scheme to companies with more than 20 workers, as part of a package of workplace law reforms.

Obviously this will ease the way for bosses to get rid of any recently hired staffer who turns out to be a drone, a pain in the arse, a trouble-maker, or whatever.

The percentage of such people – by the way – is much greater than Alf had previously understood.


It turns out that around 20 per cent of these hirings have turned out to be roughies, under the arrangement that is about to be extended.

Alf bases this observation on the authority of a Department of Labour survey.

The Radio NZ report which Alf is citing says the department has found one in five workers employed under the 90-day trial period has been sacked.

The report says employers are generally happy with the trial period but some employees felt vulnerable to unfair treatment and dismissal.

In the survey, 132 employers had used the 90-day trial period to hire someone and 29 of them had sacked a worker within the 90 days.

Employers said workers had been sacked for poor performance or for a poor attitude to work but some employees complained they had no idea why they had lost their job.

Alf supposes those who had no idea why they had lost their jobs probably are drones with no idea, which is why they were sacked.

But sure enough, the bloody trade unions have popped up to bleat about what is happening.

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says she has serious concerns about the scheme being extended, particularly if the number of workers being fired continues to be high.

In other words, Alf supposes, she wants the employers to hold on to these drones to enable the unions to sign them up as members, especially the ones with no idea, who make great union members.

The Radio NZ report also confirmed that the PM has the numbers to pass the labour law changes, as Alf was sure he did.

“We have reached agreement with the ACT party to support us so we have the numbers we believe to pass into legislation our recommendations,” he said.

He will be announcing the package of workplace law reforms during his address to the National Party annual conference in Auckland today. Alf will be among those who cheer the announcement.

Actually, Alf would extend the scheme to politicians, to enable an electorate to get rid of an MP who does not measure up in the first 30 days, and to political parties, to purge their lists similarly.

That would wipe out a raft of drones before the buggers can slurp too much from the public trough.

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