Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Hey, nice to see a Kiwi here! :-) I'll check out your blog when I get a chance.

Yeah, the NZ experiment with this kind of "reform" has been weighing on my mind- I found this good article in the UK Guardian. Excerpt:

"In fact, on the question of productivity, one of the papers shows that, after the introduction in New Zealand of the Employment Contracts Act, 1991 (which similarly enforced individual contracts) the NZ economy began to lag behind Australia in productivity growth. For the 14 years prior to the legislative changes, NZ had kept pace with Australia in rates of growth."


"In NZ, the full-time participation rate in employment fell by 11 per cent and workers lost long-held entitlements such as overtime and penalty rates. Individual contracts often contained straight out pay cuts. The number of families with no adult in work increased dramatically and income inequality widened. Kiwi workers are still reeling from these changes."

Typical of the times here, btw, that I have to turn to non-Australian newspapers to get some kind of comparative analysis.

About every month I get depressed and think of moving to NZ. Being gay and all certainly adds to the pull, that and as NZ is a small , sane country not interested in an over-inflated ego or being 'noticed' by the rest of the world.

Getting lots of expat Aussies at the moment?

"This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

by myriad (imogenk at wildmail dot com) on Thu Jul 7th, 2005 at 09:02:06 PM EST
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