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Who knows how the success of the ERB will be judge

The Labour Minister is still refusing to set out any targets by which she will judge the success of the Employment Relations Bill, Opposition Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

"That's because there are no rational criteria to judge the achievements of the Bill.

"Does she expect more jobs? Does she expect more productivity? Does she expect fewer strikes? Apparently not.

"Margaret Wilson yet again side-stepped answering my question in the House today about how she would judge the success of the legislation.

"She obviously has no faith that the Bill will lead to any quantifiable improvements for New Zealand businesses or workers.

"The only criterion she has pointed to is the ludicrous suggestion that it may somehow cut down on violence.

"In last month's Grace magazine, she said: 'I'm not going to judge the Employment Relations Bill by the strike rate, but I might judge it by what happens to the rate of violence'...claiming that the 'old ECA forced people into conflict..'.

"When asked for evidence about the ECA forcing people into conflict she said she didn't have any.

"This is the whole problem with this piece of legislation. It is based on a hunch from Margaret Wilson of what she thinks goes on in the workplace.

"The reality is much different and this Minister is forcing massive change on New Zealand businesses and staff which are just based on her hunches."


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