Make 4 Weeks Leave bottom line in coalition talks
12 November 2003
Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader
NZ First challenged to make 4 Weeks Leave bottom line in any post 2005 coalition talks
The only way that a United Brash Act could sneak into power in November 2005 is if, somehow, NZ First gets enough votes to deliver the four conservative parties 61 seats between them, Progressive Party deputy leader, Matt Robson, said today.
Matt Robson said NZ First is committed to supporting the Progressives' four weeks annual leave initiative but the party contradicts itself by also saying it is open to cooperating with the conservative parties to form a government.
"I challenge, therefore, NZ First to be firm in its commitment to all people in the productive workforce and truly put New Zealand first.
"I challenge them to make a 100% commitment to maintaining their support for four weeks leave in any post-2005 election coalition talks that party may be involved in.
"NZ First must state publicly a non-negotiable position on four weeks leave. That party must tell Mr Brash, Mr Prebble and United that no conservative coalition will ever be possible in the future unless they are first prepared to do a u-turn and support Four Weeks Leave for all working families," Matt Robson said.