Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt. gets new wake up call on ERB

The Government's being delivered a fresh wake-up call over the Employment Relations Bill following an analysis of submissions to the select committee, Opposition Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

"The degree of opposition that has come through the select committee is a real eye opener. It is across the board and wide ranging.

"National has analysed the 2,279 substantive written and oral submissions and three quarters of them are clearly against the legislation, and only a quarter in support.

"If the 387 form letters, where the submitter had added only a line or two, are excluded a conclusive 86 per cent oppose the Bill.

"That's 86 per cent of genuine individual submissions opposed to the law change.

"It isn't only employers who are worried. Individual New Zealanders have fronted up to express their worries."

Against In Favour Neutral

Employers 98.2% 1.4% 0.4% Unions 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% Individuals 84.5% 14.7% 0.7% Others 74.7% 22.8% 2.5%

"The number of submissions is believed to be a record. If the Government went ahead with the 25 bottom line amendments proposed by National it would go some way to allaying the concerns of the hundreds of people and organisations who have expressed opposition.

"The Government is being delivered a firm message from across the board that minor changes won't go far enough. Much more substantial change is needed to meet the very real and widespread concern expressed to the select committee."

*Analysis attached


Inquiries: Max Bradford 04 4719 330


There were a total of 2,279 submissions made to the Select Committee on the Employment Relations Bill. 478 of them (21%) made an oral submission as well as their written submission.

This is believed to be the highest number of submissions (as opposed to signatures on a petition) on a Bill for at least a decade.

National has had a team spend several weeks reading each submission and categorising them. The results of that analysis are below:

74.6% of submissions opposed the Bill 24.8% were in favour of the Bill 0.6% were neither in favour or against

However 387 submissions were in fact form letters to which the submitter had added only a line or two. These were mainly from the Alliance/Unions, Amway Distributors and from Rural Delivery Agents. If we exclude the form letters, then the statistics are:

Opposed 86.2% In Favour 13.1% Neutral 0.8%

So over 86% of genuine individual (non form letter) submissions are opposed to the Bill.

We have also classified the submitters into four categories: - Employers - Unions - Individuals - Others (Law Society, Community Groups who are not employers etc)

Against In Favour Neutral

Employers 98.0% 1.6% 0.4% Unions 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% Individuals 62.5% 37.0% 0.5% Others 74.7% 22.9% 2.4%

If one removes the form letter submissions the stats are:

Against In Favour Neutral

Employers 98.2% 1.4% 0.4% Unions 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% Individuals 84.5% 14.7% 0.7% Others 74.7% 22.8% 2.5%


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mosque Shooting Response: Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.

“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

RNZ Report: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs
There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>

Two Minute Silence Friday: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>

For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>


"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>


████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>


'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>


From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>





InfoPages News Channels