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


Greens Want Work Done On 35 Hour Working Week

22 July 2002

Greens Want Work Done On 35 Hour Working Week

The Greens want a high-level Commission Into The Future Of Work to look at the possibility of a 35 hour working week, Green Employment Spokesperson Sue Bradford said today.

The CTU have released a report today finding that families across New Zealand are under mounting pressure as parents work longer hours, often without being paid for the extra time.

"The Greens agree with the CTU that New Zealand families and communities are under too much pressure as parents work longer and longer hours for the same pay," said Ms Bradford.

"This is why the Greens are so committed to four weeks annual leave for all workers and why we want a Commission to look at the future of work, including the possibility of a 35 hour working week."

Ms Bradford said the time available for parents to spend with their families had been eroded too far over the last 15 years and the Greens were committed to restoring a healthy balance between work and family.

Along with advocating for a 35 hour working week and pushing for four weeks of holidays the Greens will:

* Introduce legislation (along the lines of recent UK legislation) which will encourage greater flexibility in working hours;
* Identify initiatives to encourage a child friendly culture in workplaces, businesses and public places wherever possible;
* Investigate tax incentives for employers who provide facilities and equipment for the purpose of making their work place child friendly. "In the next parliament the Greens will continue to push hard to get a better deal for families. We have well developed policy to achieve this and today's CTU report throws more weight yet behind the movement for reform," said Ms Bradford. "It is reports like this, and Labour's refusal to implement its own policy and allow four weeks of annual leave, that shows why there must be a strong Green presence in the next parliament and why Labour cannot be allowed to govern alone."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election