The National Party says it will not alter Labour’s Employment Relations Act, should it win the next election.
That means it is willing to allow this kind of abomination to continue. How much damage is this kind of corruption doing to our economy? How much harm is it doing to this country’s work ethic and moral standards?
From this morning’s Christchurch Press
An Air New Zealand employee fired after being caught spending up to a third of his working hours accessing internet sites, including dating and online chat services, was unjustifiably dismissed, the Employment Relations Authority has determined.
However, the authority awarded Brian Crisp, who worked as a cargo training co-ordinator for Air New Zealand for more than 25 years before his dismissal in 2005, just $2000 in compensation, saying his behaviour significantly contributed to his dismissal.
In its determination, released today, the authority said Air NZ management became concerned about Mr Crisp’s internet usage in March 2005.
A subsequent investigation found he spent between 20 and 30 percent of his work time on the internet, with the majority of sites visited for personal use.
In February 2005, Mr Crisp spent 57 hours on the internet, with extensive visits to a dating site during work hours.
Air NZ internet policy warned against unauthorised internet usage and wasting company “time and resources“.
However, the authority found Air NZ’s internet usage policy was not specific enough in relation to non-business-related email or internet access.
It also said there were weaknesses in the analysis of Mr Crisp’s internet access which made it impossible to be exact about the extent of Mr Crisp’s access during working hours.
In light of those determinations, it said Mr Crisp’s summary dismissal was not the action a “fair and reasonable” employer would have taken, and was therefore unjustified.
However, it said Mr Crisp was not entitled to a high award, and ordered Air NZ to pay him $2000 as compensation for injury to his feelings.