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


Nats Blind To Employer Needs

08 September 2004

Nats Blind To Employer Needs

New Zealand First labour spokesperson Peter Brown says he’s astounded that National, which claims to be business friendly, has opposed amendments to the Holidays Bill to ensure that employers also get a fair go.

National opposed the Holidays Amendment Bill proceeding to select committee stage last night.

“New Zealand First strongly supports the principle of low-paid workers getting 4 weeks’ annual leave a year, and time and a half for working on a statutory holiday, but there are aspects of the legislation that are unworkable and unfair to the employer.” said Mr Brown.

“Since the Holidays Act 2003 was first introduced, we have expressed concern over the provisions for sick leave without a medical certificate, and the Act’s failure to prevent workers taking full sick leave while still getting time and a half on a statutory holiday,” said Mr Brown.

“The Act also needs to be amended to prevent workers from receiving penalty rates at time and a half on top of their daily holiday entitlement, and should provide an adequate time for employment contracts for composite wage rates.

“How can National claim to be business friendly when they seem perfectly happy to leave employers in this country in a major quandary.

“While they are calling for a comprehensive review, they will not get that by Labour Day in October.

“New Zealand First believes that this issue should have sufficient priority for it to be addressed as meaningfully as it can be at select committee now,” said Mr Brown.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news