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Comments on Roger Nome's Progressive Politics: Why New Zealand needs its Unions back #2





Updated: 2013-10-31T23:53:40.622-07:00

 



Good post.

2008-11-10T13:58:00.000-08:00

Good post.



Porci, the difference in wages between the pre-ECA...

2007-07-22T17:46:00.000-07:00

Porci, the difference in wages between the pre-ECA period and the post-ECA period is not simply a result of an economic cyle. If that was the case, you would expect to see average weekly wage increases retun to their pre-ECA levels some time in the 16 years after the ECA. However they haven't, and the never will in a de-unionised labour market.

Ok, so there was a lot of industrial conflict in the 1970s. Could this have been because Muldoon wasn't willing to work with the unions? I suspect so



But roger this is your interpretation, and there a...

2007-07-22T13:35:00.000-07:00

But roger this is your interpretation, and there are others. The large wage increases in the 1980s were also due to other factors. Although the labour government brought in good reforms they were unable to control their spending or inflation and interest rates were in double figures.

Because of decades of inflation there was also a catch up period. You would find that there was a catch up period for prices that also lagged behind wages - having been in business I know there is a lag in putting up prices.

Isnt it a good thing that we now have less industrial strife? You may be too young to remember the 70s but it was bloody annoying the number of strikes, many for political purposes.