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Last chance for official say on ERB

Max Bradford
Opposition Industrial Relations Spokesperson

2 May 2000

Last chance for official say on ERB

New Zealanders have a last chance to have an official say on the Employment Relations Bill - with select committee submissions due in by tomorrow (3 May).

"Employers need to spell out in words of one syllable what effect this Bill will have on their business, on their decisions to expand, on their decisions to take on new staff.

"The Employment Relations Bill has been introduced by a Government dominated by union members and based on the recommendations of an advisory group of unions who clearly have no idea of the practical implications of the provisions in the Bill.

"The Government clearly has no idea what it is like to operate a small business. New Zealanders need to tell them before it is too late.

"National MPs have been talking to a lot of people unhappy with the impact of the legislation. The concern has been particularly strong in Auckland and our Auckland MPs have been working hard to hear people's ideas and concerns.

"The Minister said today in the House that she will listen to the Select Committee after they have heard all the submissions.

"Employers and employees have got a real interest in ensuring their voice is heard on this legislation. They have one chance to make a submission. They must do so by 5pm Wednesday."


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