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We had this sort of industrial relations reform in New Zealand 15 years ago (though we didn't go nearly so far as to remove unfair dismissal claims).  The net result was greater casualisation, a dramatic drop in union membership (which flowed on to poorer working conditions in general), a massive loss of overtime and penal rates, and pay cuts of up to 25%.  Management salaries continued to rise, of course.  It also led to a decline in productivity, as employers found it easier to invest in more cheap proles than in training or upgrading their plant.

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by IdiotSavant on Thu Jul 7th, 2005 at 08:06:26 AM EST

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