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Progressives continue four weeks leave push

24 October 2003

Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader

Progressives continue four weeks leave push

The campaign by Labour’s long-term coalition partner, the Progressive Party, for four weeks minimum annual leave is far from over, says the MP who has pushed the policy onto the government agenda.

Progressive MP Matt Robson has promoted four weeks leave with a Members Bill and national campaign.

He is welcoming Labour Party indications that they could vote for the Progressive Party commitment when the Bill is reported back from select committee.

“We have come a long way, from the Labour Party’s initial opposition, to the current position being ‘when’ it comes in. That is now the key negotiating task for the Progressives and the union movement: to get the earliest possible implementation date for all New Zealand employees.

“We have worked on this issue co-operatively and achieving four weeks leave will be a remarkable tribute to the achievements of constructive centre-left government,” Matt Robson said.

“New Zealanders who believe four weeks leave is a matter fairness and balance between work and family need to step up support for the issue now.

“There remain significant parts of New Zealand – most of whom also would have opposed three weeks leave – who remain unconvinced about four weeks minimum annual leave. We need to persuade them,” Matt Robson said.


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