Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Employers seek co-operation with Government

Employers seek co-operation with Government, and growth

The chairman of the Employers Forum of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Terry Arnold, is urging employers to adopt a constructive and co-operative approach to the Labour/Alliance Government rather than confrontation, in spite of strong business opposition to some of the government's major legislative changes.

Mr Arnold’s comments followed an EMA conference where employers and politicians vigourously debated critical issues facing the economy as a result of the new Government's macro and micro economic approach. He said some sectors of business had made it bluntly clear they thought Government was taking backward steps in some areas.

"The criticism by some employer groups is understandable, and it is imperative that robust public debate continue over policy between business and Government,” Mr Arnold said.

“But today's commercial environment requires all parties to listen to one another’s interests and to explore ways of establishing a collaborative approach rather than a contentious one.

"Confrontation does not work. In the past it led to industrial disharmony, and we do not want to revert to the old days when Government frequently intervened in business because there appeared no alternative.

“Nevertheless there are serious areas of disagreement requiring co-operation between employers and the Government over the coming months if our economic competitiveness and sustainability are to be maintained. Two principle issues are the changes to accident compensation and labour relations’ legislation.

"Employers are vigorously forwarding points of view directly in conflict with the Government's stated policies; both points of view must focus on developing an acceptable level of compromise.

“The absolute top priority for Government and employers must be to generate economic growth.

“However business wants Government to address inconsistencies apparent in some of its stated policies.

"On the one hand the Government wants to create a 'knowledge economy' and generate innovation; on the other it is attempting to prescribe how markets should behave with some changes it is introducing, such as the new labour relations legislation.

"Employers are committed to growing their businesses but need an encouraging Government policy environment and business framework, unfettered by excessive Government intervention, in which to do so.

“We are dedicated toward achieving positive outcomes in such an environment.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader etc. etc. etc.

As usual, the benefit – or otherwise – of our military presence to the people on the receiving end has barely had a look in. More>>

 

Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>

ALSO:

Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>

ALSO:

NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ardern Pep Talk

The intolerance being shown as the coalition process unfolds in New Zealand betrays our depressing appetite for a tidily totalitarian style of government where everyone is expected to march in lockstep. More>>

ALSO:

Last Two: All Charter Schools To Join State System

The decisions on Tūranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne and Waatea School in Auckland mean that all 12 charter schools that applied to become designated character or state integrated schools have now been approved. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels