Stuff co.nz 23 July 2014
Work-life balance. It’s an interesting concept, and depending who you speak to, an important one for us all to be able to achieve.
Not that we all have it sorted. Far from it.
But it’s generally accepted that those of us fortunate enough to have jobs have the right to have lives as well. It’s a situation unions have fought to bring about over many decades in many countries, including this one. And one employers across the country would say they wholeheartedly support – in rare cases that might be lipservice, but I’d suggest the vast majority would be sincere.
Given its union roots, it’s fair to assume that, even if it hasn’t been mentioned in its pre-election policy pronouncements this year, the concept of work-life balance is one the Labour Party is fully behind.
So why, then, should the party’s leader not be afforded a little of that?
I’m not for a moment suggesting David Cunliffe is an ordinary New Zealand worker, who could expect to work a 40-hour week, or that the 18-hour days he says he works as Labour leader are somehow out of order. For those who aspire to high public office, it comes with the territory, as he well knows.