Oct 27 2010, 6:48pm
How do we know even that?
Anyway, the principle behind GM's comments is sound, that it is an affront to the people of NZ (or any sovereign nation) that an offshore corporation should be able to elicit changes to law in their country. In fact, that was a key complaint levelled at the offshore unions in all of this, that they had no right to meddle in NZ labour law or to demand changes to the industry practice.
So on that basis, and in this very narrow sense, I agree with him/her, American or otherwise.
Things that make this more palatable for me, and I suspect, many NZers are: the change to law appears to be limited to The Hobbit production; the apparent lingering confusion about rights of employees vs the rights of contractors and the very definition of either seems to be cleared up; it appears that a long term commitment towards NZ is being made by Warners (and assuming it is not exploitative by nature, this is a fairly progressive pledge on their part); and finally, everyone seems to have come through this, in NZ anyway, with their dignity intact.
The sum result of the negotiations is laudable, imho, but that does not mean it does not warrant finer scrutiny. Whether this is the time or place for such scrutiny, on anyone's part, is a separate issue. There seems to be a lot of goodwill behind the decisions taken. On that basis, and for the sake of The Hobbit finally moving forward, I am more than happy to take a wait and see attitude.
As AL said, frowns upside down, all around!
(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Oct 27 2010, 6:50pm)