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


Employers issue ultimatum over time for law reform

Employers issue ultimatum over time for law reform

Employers are saying they don't accept the short timeframe being allowed for lodging of submissions on the Employment Relations Reform Bill.

The Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) says regardless of Labour Minister Margaret Wilson's decree that submissions have to be with the Select Committee by February 27th, the EMA will take until March 26th to consult members and prepare a reasoned position on the complex Bill.

"Minister Wilson knows very well her February 27th deadline for submissions does not allow a sensible time frame to consult employers and respond with a useful commentary on her new law," said Peter Tritt, EMA's Manager of Advisory Services.

"The time frame shows a lack of good faith. It's an old ploy that's no longer acceptable.

"We need all February to consult with our members on the legal intricacies of this Bill then prepare a considered response to it.

"Since Government didn't bother to consult employers over the final content of the Bill, not being heard by the official Select Committee won't make much difference.

"EMA is giving the government an ultimatum. Either extend the submissions closing date to 26 March 2004, or we will make our submission on that date to an alternative committee of invited Members of Parliament.

"We aren't prepared to be pushed around by bureaucrats and politicians over important matters like this Bill.

"We're tired of government arrogance in pushing through major legislation like this over the summer holiday season.

"Many other Bills of much less significance have had longer periods allowed to make submissions and they didn't include the main holiday season.

"At our own hearing at least employers would be accorded much more time than the derisory 30 minutes that Parliament's Transport and Industrial Select Committee typically gives an organisation like ours which represents 7,500 employers employing 270,000 staff.

"If Minister Wilson won't want change the date our EMA submission won't be ready in any case until 26 March, and after that we will invite MPs from the Select Committee of all parties to a hearing in Auckland to hear our submissions and those of our members.

"We'll invite them to hear what business has to say about this union promotion law."

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Voluntary Administration: Renaissance Brewing Up For Sale

Renaissance Brewing, the first local company to raise capital through equity crowdfunding, is up for sale after cash flow woes and product management issues led to the appointment of voluntary administrators. 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>>


Media Mega Merger: Full Steam Ahead For Appeal

New Zealand's two largest news publishers have confirmed they are committed to pursuing their appeal against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. 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>>