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Make National's "Fire At Will" Law A Dead Letter!

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Make National's "Fire At Will" Law A Dead Letter!

2 FEBRUARY 2009 - This Wednesday February 4th at 7pm trade union and socialist activists will be holding a public meeting in Christchurch to discuss plans for actively resisting National's new "Fire at Will" law, which comes into effect on 1 March.

The meeting, which is being jointly organised by the Workers Party and the Alliance, will be held at the Workers' Educational Association building (59 Gloucester St) opposite the Christchurch Public Art Gallery.

"Most of the workers targeted by this law (which applies to all businesses with fewer than 20 employees) are already made to feel that they have no rights as they lack the numerical strength and union backing to take personal grievance claims and to negotiate on an equal footing with the boss," said meeting co-organiser and union delegate Tim Bowron.

"This new law makes things worse for these workers by taking away their rights not to be arbitrarily or unfairly dismissed and to due process."

"While currently these rights exist for the most part only on paper in the case of workers in small non-unionised workplaces, National's new amendment to the Employment Relations Act will only serve to further embolden the owners of these businesses to attack wages and conditions," Mr. Bowron added.

"In the coming weeks and months we will be looking to target all businesses who attempt to lay off workers under the provisions of this new law with flying pickets as well as by any other means at our disposal," he warned.

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