My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

Fire at will

National’s regressive work-place policies are going to increase the gap between rich and poor.

People take a risk when they start a new job. They leave the security of the previous job and the social networks that go with it.  Methodist Mission Director Laura Black has challenged local employers to reject the 90 day legislation in recognition of the fact that good managers shouldn’t need to use regressive rules.

The 90-day ‘fire at will’ legislation proposed by the National Government is an insult to the principles of natural justice.  Currently, if a boss wants to fire a non-performing worker, they are expected to provide a reason, give warnings and opportunity for the worker to learn from their ‘mistake’.    This will no longer be required.

In Dunedin we have rallied to challenge the National Government on these issues. There is no logic to National’s position. It will not increase employment in New Zealand. Instead, it is an attempt to undermine the dignity of workers and provide unscrupulous bosses with a tool to do what is unjust. It is dog-whistle politics with a nod to big money.  A cynic would suspect the Government has some large employers lined up to bankroll its next campaign if the changes are brought in.

On top of this, the Government is proposing that Union Organisers be excluded from worksites unless they have the permission of an employer. In practice, this means that workers can be denied representation in the workplace. Again, this undermines the principle of natural justice and right of any and every person to be represented.

There is a common theme in all of the proposed changes – undermining the rights of those who already receive the smallest share of the pie. Sadly, the end effect of ‘fire at will’ will be to further widen the gap between rich and poor.


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