Saturday, June 26, 2010

Perhaps a sense of reality is in order Mr Hide

The planned ACC farewell seems to me a perfectly appropriate and fitting expenditure. A sense of proportion is well overdue. There is nothing unreasonable about a courteous thank you for public servants who have done their job and may not all be moving on to the super city bureaucracy. This would be perfectly normal in the private sector. I am becoming less impressed with the divide between Mr Hide's actions and his words.
The Auckland City Council intends spending $87,000 of ratepayers' money on a staff-only farewell bash. The manager of the Auckland City chief executive's office, Steven Ross, said all 2500 staff would be invited to a function at the Town Hall in October.

"Light refreshments" would be provided for about $15 a head, and there would be a cash bar, with possibly one free drink for each staff member. Mr Ross said the council had not had a function for all staff since a Christmas party about nine years ago.

Last night, Mr Hide said he would be sending letters to both councils urging them not to spend money on expensive "last hurrahs". He said he could not stop them spending the money but he was going to strongly advise against it.

"There is some silly spending going on in the washup, and I'll be writing to the councils reinforcing the message that ratepayers don't expect their money to be blown in a last hurrah."

7 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

$35 per head is surely not extravagant. Rodney needs to pull his hide in.

PM of NZ said...

Why should 1 cent of ratepayer monies be spent on providing such bashes?

Staff will have been more than rewarded with a regular pay packet well above normal private sector rates for their often below par time-serving efforts.

And no doubt many will now be uplifting expensive redundancy packages that are yet another impost on the ratepayer.

Rodder's is 100% right to be writing to these thieving bureaucrats looking for a last hurrah on my wallet.

Anonymous said...

Why should 1 cent of ratepayer monies be spent on providing such bashes?


Abso-FUCKING-lutely

This is nothing but more LABOUR TROUGHING

European countries like Greece, Portugal, and Spain are cutting civil servant wages by 15-30% in nominal terms (more in real terms)


And no doubt many will now be uplifting expensive redundancy packages that are yet another impost on the ratepayer.

You really don't get it do you. The supershitty is such as message that no-one will be fired for a long, long time. Rather they'll go back to their normal jobs again on Monday, have a $160,000 "Welcome to the SuperShitty bash the next weekend - and get bonuses for not leaving during the "restructuring

He said he could not stop them spending the money

If he really hasn't got this authority now is the time for an order in council to give him the authority.

And the we want to see massive redundancies amongst the featherbedded, unionists, labour-voting "workers".

Fire the lot of 'em. Bring actual workers in from China on contract rates to do the job.

Fuck Labour troughers and the Unions,

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

You don't know how stupid you are.

Phillip Mercer said...

If they want to have a farewell bash, let them pay for it from their own damn pockets! Troughing bastards!!

Good on ya Rodders!

MikeE said...

"This would be perfectly normal in the private sector."


Of course the key difference is... It isn't the private sector...

Heine said...

The anonymous idiot has a point though, I'd fire the unionists first :)