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PM’s Presser Audio: 'Probation Won’t Kill Career Change'

Prime Minister John Key says he does not think workers will be afraid to change jobs under a rollout of the Government’s 90-day probation scheme.

The Government announced Sunday plans to extend its 90-day probation scheme for small businesses to all workplaces, sparking an outcry from unions who say it will be abused and used to intimidate new employees. More>>

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Coincidental Timing: CTU Welcomes Human Rights Commission Report

The youth union movement of the Council of Trade Unions, Stand Up, welcomes the report released by the Human Rights Commission today calling for increased investment to help prepare young people for work. More>>

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It's Official: Employment Law Package "All About Jobs & Growth"

Prime Minister John Key today announced a fair and balanced employment law package aimed squarely at jobs and economic growth. “This employment law package is all about policies to help productivity and employment in New Zealand,” says Mr Key. More>>

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Earlier: 90-Day Firing Expansion & Union Access Changes In The Works?

Any plan to widen the 90 day fire-at-will law to all businesses during this term will be a clear breach of National's 2008 industrial relations pre-election policy, Green Party Industrial Relations spokesperson Keith Locke said today.

"Workers' hopes of bargaining for better pay and conditions will also be threatened by the Key Government's plan to require employer consent to unions before they may enter workplaces. More>>

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