Vet Strike More Ominous for Future of Farmers?Monday, Feb 19, 2001
The reality of a 30 percent claim lying behind the veterinarian's strike has been slow to surface.
Jim Sutton has at last put some clearer quantification on the real cost of the claims which regrettably
includes a large measure of payment for feather bedding - a technique that should have long since
been banned. A stupid and addictive indulgence traded on in the past by both the employers and
the unions and being such an insidious practice, it all but brought this countries economy to its
It seems this vets claim was a dispute waiting for the Employment Relations Act.
Although hotly denied by responsible employment ministers it appears that the ERA removes the responsibility
to negotiate and reinstates strike as the primary tool for those unions's who choose not
The clocks have been turned back; the union muscles are being flexed and the game is on and value will
dissipate from the primary sector.
Following the path of appeasement by indulging this governments wish for "turnsies" at the trough as
a reward to the unions electing them sets in place a condition that will be severely paid for in
the future by primary producers.
It is a pair lady fox's that are in the chook house and it could be that farmers and the meat industry
are the chooks.