Friday, August 27, 2010

Where's The Union?

Adolf went down to Countdown at Sunnynooky this morning to pick up a few bits and pieces. (not vegetables)

He was greeted by an icy blast as he entered the store, which state of affairs has existed for some few months now. Upon completing his purchase he asked the assistant if the staff regularly went down with pneumonia every two weeks or so.

The question was asked half in jest but I'd have to say the answer was a bit surprising.

"Yes we do and would you please please ring up management and tell them."


So I did.

I'd have to say, I was well dressed for the cold with warm trousers and a Swanndri jacket but I found the shopping experience distinctly unpleasant.

I wonder if the idiot store manager has bothered to calculate the amount of power saving to be had by adjusting the thermostat up by just two degrees?

I wonder how much he might save in reduced sick leave costs and reduced staff turnover?

If I was working there I would be asking my union to intervene so I hope some lefty reads this blogpost and passes it on to the right shop steward.

21 comments:

gravedodger said...

Perhaps the target staff member was proving resistant to pneumonia.

Anonymous said...

What was the cause of the icy blast exactly? Does it start with frozen goods rather than the usual fruit & vege?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

It seems to pervade the whole store but of course it is most noticeable at the deli and fish section; the meat section, dairy products and of course frozen vegies ice cream etc where in many sections product is displayed in the open.

I don't recall the same problem in other stores and I'd be interested to hear of other people's experience.

I'm not sure either whether the problem has occurred only after the store was revamped under the new 'Countdown' format. Might be a serious design flaw.

Anonymous said...

OMG Adolf, the red infestation of the gnats has even infected you.
A better response to this would be to suggest to management that if they want to improve sales they should make their premesis a little warmer, and welcoming. To actually ask for shop stewards to infest themselves on any workplace shows you have clearly lost the capitalist plot. Union officials are mentally subnormal by definition, and they carry various laziness afflictions, so should be avoided like the plague

pdm said...

Hell Adolf surely you cannot expect the union people to have time for that. They are too busy attending street marches against the 90 day legislation.

Psycho Milt said...

Hell Adolf surely you cannot expect the union people to have time for that.

Right-wingers have put huge efforts into de-unionising the workforce, and now you want to bitch because lots of workers don't have union coverage? I can't think of an even vaguely polite response so won't bother.

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Anonymous said...

lol adolph is poor and lives in a low decile area. Would never have guessed.

Anonymous said...

Countdown Northcote has much the same heating pattern..

But cheaper prices than Sunny Nook.

Had to move out from that area because the decile costs to provide an education for my under privileged daughter were to expensive.

adam2314

Heine said...

PM - I think you'll find making unions voluntary and giving workers the choice to join or not is why membership is low and their power diminished.

People saw their value and moved on preferring to do it alone or suffer in the cold. Shows how bad unionism means to many Kiwis!

Psycho Milt said...

Fuck you. When it comes to this I have no sense of humour. It's bad enough watching you lot constantly trying to drive their wages and conditions down, without also having to endure the pretence that you're doing them some kind of noble favour. Just fuck off.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon 9.25.

You don't know very much about the North Shore, do you?

Half the housewives in Herne Bat drive that two minutes across the bridge to shop at Northcote because the prices are lower.

Sunnynooky draws customers from Albany, Forrest Hill, EastCoast Bays and further afield because of its central position.

Am I poor? I think not. I certainly have a richer intellect than yours by the tone of your comment.

Now you can fuck off.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt, you appear to be a little off target. During this last two years ordinary workers after-tax take home pay has increased significantly compared with (a) the rate in Australia and (b)the rate during the whole of the previous nine years.

The unions have been their own worst enemies because they have focused on political activism and ignored genuine workers' issues. This is a classic case in point.

While the unions bleat on at the behest of the Labour Party about the 90 day law, their workers are dieing in the snow drifts.

Anonymous said...

increased wages without increased productivity equals death of the business when coupled with the increased redtape and crap current legislation encompasses. If people want to improve their lot in life they need to increase their saleability by learning new skills independent of the workplace or atleast accept from the employer a lower wage while their employer bearns the cost of the improvement in that employee (ala Apprenticeships, a model which worked well for centuries). Ubions only have themselves to blame, because it was their greed that lead to people eschewing them

Anonymous said...

"Ubions only have themselves to blame, because it was their greed that lead to people eschewing them"

All but one union whose rep turns up almost daily in the media.

Psycho Milt said...

Milt, you appear to be a little off target. During this last two years ordinary workers after-tax take home pay has increased significantly compared with (a) the rate in Australia and (b)the rate during the whole of the previous nine years.

Or can be made to appear so, after Bill English was given sufficient time to have his staff crunch the numbers until they found a figure they could put a spin on. Not quite the same thing.

Fuck the last two years, anyway. The union movement was crushed under the previous National govt in the 90s, with you guys cheering them on. Spare us your attempts now to pretend that employers would dearly love to see labour costs rise if only those union bastards would stop getting in the way. You don't even believe it yourselves, let alone expect others to believe it.

Anonymous said...

Its cold because that tempts you to buy more stuff. Simple.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon 10.58 you're wrong. It's cold so I get the hell out as quick as I can with no thought for anything but the bare essentials.

Phil Sage (sagenz) said...

Milt - Have you seen dpf's analysis.
http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2010/08/the_importance_of_tax_cuts.html

That seems to make bullshit your comment about the ECA.

Phil Sage (sagenz) said...

http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2010/08/the_importance_of_tax_cuts.html

Phil Sage (sagenz) said...

fuck knows why that wont post
http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2010/08/the_importance_of_
tax_cuts.html