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Government Stung By Submissions

Monday 1st May 2000
Richard Prebble
Media Release -- Economy

The Government is getting stung by the adverse reaction to its legislative programme, ACT leader Richard Prebble said today.

“The coalition has already seen a hugely unfavourable reaction to the ACC changes, and now they are feeling the backlash of the Employment Relations Bill,” Mr Prebble said after speaking to 40 people at a breakfast seminar against the Bill in Dunedin today.

“Employers are getting angry, the National Bank and NZIER surveys show business confidence is in free-fall, and here’s Helen Clark pretending everything is OK. It’s not OK, and we are already seeing that in submissions we are receiving on the Bill.”

“Employers are only just beginning to realise this Bill is not a modification to the Employment Contracts Act, but a radical, totally new labour relations system. We only have until May 3 to get employers to make submissions opposing this Bill, so these meetings we are hosting around New Zealand are very important for employers,” Mr Prebble said.

Mr Prebble said time was running out for businesses to act against the Bill, and anyone wanting to make a submission could access an online form at: http://www.act.org.nz/action/employment/submission.html or fax the ACT Parliamentary office on 04 473 3532. ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


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