flight attendants again

March 18th, 2008

Audrey Young points out the apparent inconsitency of Labour’s stance on the Air New Zealand pay gap (gap? yawning chasm would seem more accurate):

 It seems the Government is happy to be the owner of Air New Zealand for some purposes but not for others .

It is happy to be the owner with “please explain” rights when it comes to calling the airline to account for carrying Aussie troops off to the Middle East for duty in Iraq.

But when it is exposed as paying less than the minimum wage for its Shanghai -based cabin crew, well that’s the market operating, says Helen Clark. It might be what Sir Roger Douglas would say were he back in the cabinet. But Labour?

Um, I thought Roger Douglas was in Labour….

Also, I like her comparison with the laws regarding ship crews.

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