Government IntentionsFriday, Aug 4, 2000
The passage of the Employment Relations Act seems inevitable. At a time when rural incomes are climbing
back to modest levels the threat this bill poses to the processing and delivery of next seasons
exports is very real.
It has the inverse potentials of the 1950's Waterfront Strike, for in this instance, union expectations
are aided and abetted by the actions and sympathy of the current government.
If there is not a direct challenge to the continued processing and distribution of farm production the
secondary effect will be an inflationary increase in costs to services required by farming.
It is remarkable how quickly the optimism for a better farming season evaporates as others reposition
to gain their "share" of improved farming fortunes.
Caution should be the watchword for all farmers in this next period.