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Winz Settlement Won't Be The Last

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14th January 2000


The WINZ pay-out in the aircraft charter case is just the first of many this government will agree to make says National's Employment spokesman Bob Simcock.

"People who are sacked for outrageous behaviour often end up being paid equally outrageous settlements. This is a direct result of employment court decisions.

"The current government's industrial policy means that this situation will only get worse.

"Labour cannot have it both ways. If it doesn't want to pay more settlements like this one, then it must change the law about personal grievances.

"Labour can stop big pay outs in both the private and public sector. All it has to do is introduce amending legislation when the Parliament resumes in February.

"I am delighted that Mr Maharey intends to eliminate 'waste and sloppiness at the top of government agencies' but if he doesn't amend the current law he will he will end up making more and even larger pay outs," Mr Simcock said.


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