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Alasdair Thompson Archive
Sharpen up Business NZ - by Holly Walker
Does Business New Zealand’s Paul Mackay really think that all the mums that take the first year of their child’s life off work come back less competent than their colleagues. Really? His comparison of mothers returning from parental leave being like rugby players trying to get back on the ‘top team’ straight away left me [...] read moreOctober 25, 2012 10:39 am - 2 Comments
Graduates and gender pay equity - by Catherine Delahunty
A new study from the Ministry of Education shows in many occupations tertiary qualifications make very little difference when it comes to the gender pay gap. Four years after graduating, women earn on average $4380 less than men with the same qualifications. The only professions where this is not the case are the performing arts [...] read moreSeptember 15, 2011 12:15 pm - 7 Comments
Eighteen months ago, Air New Zealand was copping a lot of flack over its misogynist “cougar” advertising. Today, Air New Zealand has redeemed itself. It has taken a stand against EMA Northern Chief Executive Alasdair Thompson’s appallingly misogynist comments attempting to justify women being paid less than men by withdrawing its membership of the EMA. read moreJuly 1, 2011 6:00 pm - 15 Comments
A Green-friendly employer and EMA member just sent me this (recipient details removed). I presume it has been sent to all EMA member employers today: If Alasdair Thompson has really had the epiphany he proclaims after a day to cogitate on the reaction to his outrageous comments, then perhaps he might like to reconsider the [...] read moreJune 24, 2011 5:58 pm - 34 Comments
Thompson makes case for Equal Pay amendment - by Russel Norman
OK, this video of Alasdair Thompson being interviewed by Mihingarangi Forbes is astounding. Watch it from about 22 mins in. His behaviour is evidence enough of why we need stronger laws around equal pay. 1. Thompson stands by the claim that women should be paid less than men because they take off more time because of [...] read moreJune 24, 2011 12:12 pm - 38 Comments
The Government, in raising the minimum wage by a paltry 25 cents an hour, seems hell-bent on maintaining massive state subsidisation of low wages. Isn’t it time employers, who profit from the work done, contribute a greater share? read moreJanuary 28, 2010 8:03 am - 72 Comments
The minimum wage - by frog
The Government has announced a paltry increase in the minimum wage to $12.75 an hour – barely keeping up with inflation. Wouldn’t it be great if the minimum wage were indexed to the average wage, rather than subject to the political whim of the government of the day and the respective lobbying influences of the protagonists in the debate? That would give low income workers security they would at least maintain relativity with those who earn more. read moreJanuary 18, 2010 1:48 pm - 174 Comments
Globalisation - by frog
The Northern Employers and Manufacturers Association’s Alasdair Thompson thinks the government might be playing political games by opposing the sale of Auckland Airport: And it’s a dishonest ploy at that, because we know the Government supports globalisation, foreign direct investment (FDI) both into and out of New Zealand, free trade and free capital flows too. [...] read moreApril 15, 2008 10:41 am - No Comments