Parliament

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

 

Probationary bill redundant says Dyson

Hon Ruth Dyson
Minister of Labour

2 June 2006 Media Statement

Probationary bill redundant says Dyson

The flexibility of New Zealand's labour market has been confirmed once again by a World Bank report, says Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson.

"As well as ranking New Zealand the number one place in the world to do business, a detailed breakdown of the World Bank survey awards New Zealand's economy an admirable 4th out of 155 countries for ease of employers starting or ending an employment relationship."

In addition to this, New Zealand scores 7 in the World Bank's rigidity of employment index compared to an OECD average of 35.8 (a higher value representing more rigid employment regulations). This means New Zealand has one of the least rigid employment markets in the OECD.

"These findings essentially render Dr Mapp and his probationary employment bill redundant, as every country he has compared New Zealand to has a more rigid employment environment, despite having the punitive probationary periods that he advocates in his bill."

Current employment legislation already allows for probationary periods to be entered into, but does not take away an employee's right to seek mediation or arbitration if they consider themselves unfairly dismissed, as Dr Mapp's punitive bill would.

Dr Mapp claims that if his bill fails Australia will become more attractive to New Zealand workers. In fact Australia trails far behind New Zealand in the survey, with their economy ranking 14th for ease of employers starting or ending an employment relationship and scoring 17 in the rigidity index, despite having probationary periods.

Other OECD countries with probationary periods that Dr Mapp has suggested we emulate have also been ranked as far more rigid than New Zealand with the UK 15th, Canada 24th and Ireland 59th.

"I call For Dr Mapp to stop wasting Parliament's time and taxpayers money by withdrawing his redundant bill, before he finds himself redundant."

ENDS

For the full World Bank report go to: www.doingbusiness.org

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election