Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Robson, union plan holiday tactics

February 26, 2003

Media Release

Robson, union plan holiday tactics

PCP MP Matt Robson will this morning meet the leaders of the country’s largest trade union, the EPMU, to discuss the campaign for a fourth week’s leave.

The union’s national council, made up of shopfloor workers from around the country, is meeting in Wellington this week.

The EPMU has been campaigning since 1998 for a fourth week’s leave, and has promised to throw its weight behind Mr Robson’s private member’s bill which would guarantee all workers at least four weeks annual leave.

Mr Robson said this morning that he appreciated the support of the EPMU.

“While many of the union’s members already get four weeks leave a year, they are willing to fight to win that right for all workers,” he said.

He believed that the campaign was winnable, especially with the support of large Labour Party-affiliated trade unions like the EPMU.

“Some people in the Labour benches say that it’s not the right time to increase holiday entitlements,” he said. “I say to them that workers are becoming unwell because they aren’t getting enough holidays, and we have to act now to help them.”

However, he was pleased that the Labour Party had agreed to support sending his bill to the select committee so that it could be debated alongside the Government’s Holidays Amendment Act.

Mr Robson is due to meet the EPMU council at 11.45am.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>