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Maori Party position on 90 days disappointing

Wayne Mapp MP
National Party Industrial Relations Spokesman

23 August 2006

Maori Party position on 90 days disappointing

National Party Industrial Relations spokesman Wayne Mapp says he is disappointed that the Maori Party has withdrawn support for his 90-day probationary employment amendment bill.

"The select committee hasn't finished hearing submissions and the Maori Party hasn't even spoken to me about potential compromises. I certainly understand they do not accept the bill in its current form, but the select committee process is intended to allow reasonable compromises."

Dr Mapp says Maori Youth unemployment increased in the last quarter and is up to nearly 27%.

"It's the people who are the most vulnerable who have the most to gain from this legislation. The scare campaign which has surrounded the bill always fails to mention that probationary periods exist in all other OECD countries."

Dr Mapp says with the select committee process underway, there are still opportunities to amend the bill and he won't give up on his efforts to secure a compromise.

"There's still plenty to learn from submitters and this is still rated as a top priority for employers. There must be a better balance.

"I will be talking further with the Maori Party about their position. National remains committed to ensuring that those who find it difficult to get a job are able to get a foot on the first rung of the employment ladder.

"I would have thought with 27% Maori youth unemployment, the Maori Party would share that goal."

ENDS

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