by Consul Firmin
Can anyone deny that the National government’s goals fit perfectly within the general worldwide trend exemplified by neo-liberalism? Is there a single shred of evidence to the contrary? This week we learn that they have made further “progress” in their mission to create a low-skill, low-wage workforce, where workers have the minimum possible rights and protections from their bosses, and where low-income earners exist in a constant state of vulnerability, wondering where the next pay cheque is coming from, unable to organise to improve their position for fear of losing their jobs. National are determined to create a precariat workforce, for the benefit of the rich who will have a large, cheap, docile labour pool to exploit to their hearts’ content, and to the detriment of the poor, who will make up this workforce, and live in misery. They are succeeding.