Election Gossip: Thinking about families

The Finsec leader the Gossip has been talking politics with is Ex Co member Pamela Kaler from National Bank in Dunedin. Pamela has been thinking of her adult children and the impact the outcome of the election might have on them and her young grandchildren.

“My daughters are worried that a change of government will not be in the interest of lower income families with young children. With rising grocery prices and high mortgage interest rates, they really need support such as through Working for Families. My girls have asked me – what will we do if National get in, how will we cope?”

As an active trade unionist, Pamela also has concerns about the Industrial Relations policies the National Party is proposing, particularly that unions will only be able to enter workplaces with the employer’s agreement. “As a member organiser, I know that it can be difficult to get into the banks to talk to staff now! What will the banks do if the law is weighted in their favour?”

“I also worry that workers will be disadvantaged at the worst possible time –when they need to talk to someone from the union about a problem at work. I believe that policy would be disastrous for staff in our industry.”

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