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New Zealand government blasts Rocket Lab for employment violations, even as it waives its own strict COVID border rules for the company

Two stories today from New Zealand, both related to the American company Rocket Lab, help illustrate the often absurd and irrational nature of modern government rule-making.

First, New Zealand’s Employment Relations Authority attacked the company after ruling against it in a single employee grievance case. The case involved a fired employee who filed and won his grievance when he refused to sign the company’s offered settlement. Based on this single case, authority officials quickly and publicly blasted Rocket Lab as if it had committed numerous blasphemies:

Authority member Rachel Larmer found that the dismissal was “extremely unfair” and that the company “failed to comply with even the most basic and widely understood principles of procedural fairness”.

As the article noted, it “is unusual for the authority to be so overtly critical of an employer.” Yet, attack Rocket Lab it did, very bluntly and very publicly.

Yet, at the same time, this same New Zealand government has apparently been giving this evil employer routine waivers of its draconian border restrictions imposed to prevent the arrival of COVID.

More than 150 aerospace specialists have arrived on short term visas to work in New Zealand for the satellite launch service provider Rocket Lab since the country’s border closed. Immigration New Zealand said 156 foreigners were granted border exemptions as part of a government-approved programme for the company.

Rocket Lab spokesperson Morgan Bailey said the company had focused on bringing in essential workers for its launches, who would usually stay for two weeks after completing managed isolation.

Normally visitors to New Zealand need to quarantine for two weeks. Apparently, the government is allowing foreign workers for Rocket Lab to bypass that rule and make alternative arrangements.

So which is it? Is Rocket Lab a horrible slave-driver who must be watched like a hawk so that it does not abuse its workers, or is it a generous provider of work and business for New Zealand that is so valuable gives it a privileged position where some laws don’t apply to it?

In truth, New Zealand’s laws themselves are now simply being enforced somewhat randomly, based merely on whether a specific government official personally likes or dislikes the company. That is my impression at least.

But then, that is the impression given and now common throughout the western world. We no longer treat the law as sacrosanct, but instead use it for political purposes, which require its plain meaning to shift and change like Jello, depending on the personal and political motives of the individuals involved. And all for the sake of power.

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3 comments

  • Mark

    Well other countries have launch facilities, so if the NZ government is placing undue restrictions, then commercial space companies should look elsewhere to expand.

  • Mike Borgelt

    New Zealanders are amongst the most bureaucrat ridden people on Earth. Few of them realise it and there is little to no pushback.
    Now there is a commie Prime Minister there is no hope.

  • Andrew_W

    The case involved a fired employee who filed and won his grievance when he refused to sign the company’s offered settlement. Based on this single case, authority officials quickly and publicly blasted Rocket Lab as if it had committed numerous blasphemies:

    >Authority member Rachel Larmer found that the dismissal was “extremely unfair” and that the company “failed to comply with even the most basic and widely understood principles of procedural fairness”.

    Every employer in NZ should know there’s a dismissal procedure they have to go through to abide by the law (whether or not it should be the law is another issue). I know it, my plumber knows it, the dog probably knows it, it’s bizarre that Rocket Lab, as a large employer, was incapable of abiding by the most basic employment law.

    What Rocket Lab did by offering a settlement could be seen as just an out of court settlement – no problem, but by twisting the former employers arm by making it on the condition that the former employer not bring a wrongful dismissal case, pushed their actions from a simple out of court settlement and towards tampering with the employees legal rights, which is why the Employment Relations Authority was so hard on Rocket Lab, for their actions, not for who they are.

    Yet, at the same time, this same New Zealand government has apparently been giving this evil employer routine waivers of its draconian border restrictions imposed to prevent the arrival of COVID.

    Mr. Zimmerman gets a couple of things completely wrong here. The exemptions are on the basis of the priorities as to whom gets into the country, there’s a ranking with NZ citizens at the top, we’ve had many tens of thousands of NZ citizens wanting to flee the draconian situations they’ve had to face with Covid and measures against Covid around the would, the border isolation facilities are permanently stretched.
    The “waivers” do not get people into the country without going through the two week isolation process as Mr. Zimmerman claims and is mentioned in the article he links to, rather this is a case of these people being promoted above New Zealanders wishing to return home in the queue for isolation facility spots.

    In truth, New Zealand’s laws themselves are now simply being enforced somewhat randomly, based merely on whether a specific government official personally likes or dislikes the company. That is my impression at least.

    Your impression is wrong, I see no evidence of Rocket Lab being treated any differently to any other large employer that stuffs up their adherence to basic employment law, and the border exemptions for essential workers are being used by numerous companies to get required staff into the country, others granted those exemptions (again not exemptions for two weeks in isolation facilities, just queue jumping) include athletes, entertainers and James Cameron with his actors and film crew.

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