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Launch Of Alliance Campaign For Four Weeks Leave

May 1 2002

Launch Of Alliance Campaign For Four Weeks Annual Leave

Laila Harré today launched the Alliance’s “Four Weeks Annual Leave” campaign – a campaign to win an extra week of holidays for all New Zealanders.

“We’re campaigning hard for four weeks annual leave because it’s thirty years since workers last got an increase in their annual leave entitlement, and we think they’ve earned another week off, “said Ms Harré.

“The way that families organise themselves has changed dramatically over those 30 years. It used to be the case that most mothers were working in the home 52 weeks of every year and fathers three weeks. Now most women are in the paid workforce and parents only have 6 weeks between them to spend on holiday with their children.

“This policy is about recognising that we need a balance between work and family and that the family unit needs some support in the face of ever-increasing work demands.

“This policy allows parents to spend more time with their children and everyone to take more time out.”

The workers who will benefit from the Alliance’s policy will be those with low bargaining power who currently receive 3 weeks annual leave.

Laila Harré today called for all those who support improved working conditions to also support this campaign.

“The Labour-Alliance Government has already made significant gains for workers. We’ve increased the minimum wage, abolished the Employment Contracts Act and introduced Paid Parental Leave. Four weeks annual leave should be the next priority for all those committed to modernising working conditions for New Zealand workers.

“Its not a radical policy. It just brings us into line with Australia. We’ll still be behind most western European countries,” said Ms Harré.

The Labour-Alliance Government has agreed to a broad modernisation of the Holidays Act. The Alliance will differentiate from Labour on the length of statutory minimum annual leave, with Labour supporting the status quo of three weeks.

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