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


Nats out of touch with low income families

National out of touch with low income families on 4 weeks

If Dr Brash is seriously concerned about low paid workers he would be supporting four weeks leave. He is sending working families the completely wrong message about the value of their contribution to the productive economy, Progressive MP Matt Robson says.

"Dr Brash says he is keen to get people off welfare and into paid employment and is threatening to repeal the progressive four weeks leave legislation if National make it into government.

"Yet four weeks leave is an absolutely critical progressive policy initiative by this coalition government to encourage low income working families to stay in the productive workforce and out of the welfare system.

"Four weeks leave also helps people get back into the workforce. One of the biggest barriers facing parents trying to return to the workforce is the cost of, and access to, child care.

"An extra weeks leave is a big boost to working families. It provides an extra week (or two if both parents work), to care for children without paying extra child care. It also helps strengthen families stressed by financial difficulties by giving them the time needed to recuperate and care for children.

"Mr Brash is out of touch with low income families if he thinks they do not want four weeks leave. Time spent with your family is worth its weight in gold. Progressives will continue to advocate for low income families by protecting four weeks leave and supporting regular increases in increase to the minimum wage, something Dr Brash would prefer to eliminate completely.

"Mr Brash's comments on the costs of four weeks leave are misleading and out of date. The costs for the extra weeks leave have been estimated by the Department of Labour, Treasury and independent economist Brian Easton at $350 million, less than 1 per cent of the wage bill.

"If National think New Zealand should compete with the rest of the world on low wages and no minimum working conditions they should front up now and make that clear before the next election," Matt Robson said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news