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ACC Ball Flat In Government Court

ACC Ball Flat In Government Court

The Government looks set, once again, to reject calls from employers to reduce ACC levies," ACT New Zealand ACC Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

"The Employers and Manufacturers' Association is up in arms claiming that the Government is about to reject calls for reduced ACC levies for the third year in a row - but why is the Government not heeding these calls? Is the Government stockpiling money in the employer account?" said Mrs Roy.

"ACC's Employer Account has just posted a $42 million surplus for 2002 - even after setting aside a whopping $172 million extra for the future cost of claims.

"ACC is already lax in its efforts to rehabilitate long-term claimants, and such moves by the Government do little or nothing to improve the situation. The Employers and Manufacturers' Association simply wants the Government to fulfil its fundamental obligation to help care for its workers and, with it, New Zealand industries. A Government rejection will simply provide more evidence that the Labour Government does not care about its labour force at all," said Mrs Roy.

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