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


Greens misguided on Chinese Workers - Goff

Greens misguided on Chinese Workers - Goff

Trade Minister Phil Goff describes comments made today by the Green Party on Chinese workers as uninformed and misguided.

"The Greens clearly misunderstand both the nature and process of the negotiations", said Mr Goff.

"The New Zealand government is not in the business of contemplating anything which would prove a threat to the wages and conditions of New Zealand workers.

"New Zealand's minimum wage and labour, health and safety laws are not negotiable in any circumstances.

"China has expressed an interest in facilitating the temporary entry of its skilled workers to fill gaps in the New Zealand labour market.

"It is entitled to make the request but this does not indicate the request will be met.

"China has as yet given no indication of making the sort of high quality access offer for New Zealand services to suggest that New Zealand is under any pressure to meet its request.

"While specialist areas such as traditional Chinese medicine, chefs and teachers of Mandarin as well as a working holiday scheme for qualified Chinese young people may be considered, were China to provide a high quality package, responding to New Zealand's interests. Requests for temporary skilled worker access over wider categories will be treated with caution.

"As always in trade negotiations, any request is considered against the standard of how it may benefit, or conversely impact, New Zealand's interests and what reciprocal offers are being made", Mr Goff said.


© 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