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

 


MoBIE a costly experiment at workers’ expense

Darien
FENTON
Labour Spokesperson

19 December 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

MoBIE a costly experiment at workers’ expense

The subsuming of the Department of Labour (including Immigration NZ) into the mega ministry, MoBIE, is a costly experiment that will come at the expense of a focus on workers’ issues, says Darien Fenton.

“In the last year, nearly $3 million was spent on redundancy costs alone in the Department, adding to the nearly $4 million cost on redundancies in the previous two years.

A further $250,000 was spent on consultants and contractors to advise the Department of Labour on the merger. This is in top of the $10.5 million spent on contractors in the 2011/12 year - an increase of $4.7 million in just one year.

“If we could be confident about real improvements, it might be one thing, but the Labour Department is a rump of its former self in this new “business facing Ministry”.

“What used to be a dedicated department responsible for promoting productive employment relationships, enforcing workers’ employment conditions and rights, parental leave, minimum wages and wider labour market issues is now part of a group called “Labour and Commercial Environment” which also includes a focus on consumer, trade and international issues.

“What's worse is the restructuring is far from over. The health and safety regulator will be moved into a separate agency as recommended by the Pike River Mine Commission and that is an essential move. But it should have been obvious to the Government some time ago that the barely visible health and safety function in MoBIE would have to be changed.

“It will only be a matter of time until the labour function is restructured again, because enforcement of labour standards is bound to be weakened inside the a bureaucracy the size of MoBIE.

“We’ve seen enough of exploitation with foreign fishing crew and migrant workers. Many other labour rights abuses go unchecked by immigration as well, and monitoring and enforcement seems to be on the wane.

“This is an expensive change that will be paid for in a lack of independent and expert advice to workers and employers in the labour market,” says Darien Fenton.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news