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

 

Business Roundtable Endorses Call To Listen

MEDIACOM-RELEASE-NZ-BUSINESS-ROUNDTABLE

BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE ENDORSES CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO LISTEN

The New Zealand Business Roundtable today endorsed Opposition leader Jenny Shipley's call on the government to withdraw the Employment Relations Bill and start again.

Executive director Roger Kerr said that the Bill was seriously eroding investment confidence and damaging international perceptions of New Zealand as a place to do business.

"The Bill is based on false economic premises, many of the government's claims about the Employment Contracts Act (such as its effects on productivity) are simply wrong, and the drafting of much of the Bill is unclear, legalistic and causing widespread uncertainty", Mr Kerr said.

To give investors confidence in New Zealand, major policy changes should be based on careful analysis and a proper process of consultation. The Regulatory Impact Statement accompanying the Bill was a travesty of the process required under the Cabinet Office Manual. In its submission on the Bill, the Business Roundtable said that it should not proceed further pending a proper policy analysis and consultative process which examined:

- the principles that should govern regulation of the labour market;

- problems with present arrangements; and

- reform options and proposals, having regard to the costs and benefits of particular regulatory provisions.

This process should be undertaken by an expert group and involve consultation documents and the opportunity for public submissions. Its starting point should be the Employment Contracts Act and a proper identification of problems with it. The current inquiries into the electricity and telecommunications industries provide possible models.

"It must be hoped that the government will heed such calls, which are coming from all parts of the business sector. If the government's welcome indications of a willingness to listen are to be regarded as credible, they must involve substance, not just words", Mr Kerr concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New TPP Agreed: Govt Must Explain How Canada Got Changes

Jane Kelsey: Overnight in Japan the remaining eleven governments have concluded the ‘revised’ but essentially unchanged Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA-11), now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership. The signing is set for 8 March 2018 in Chile.

University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey predicts ‘the rebranding of the TPPA won’t fool anyone...

Canada has reportedly secured new protections for culture, as well as rules of origin for automobiles, which was not on the list of outstanding items in the TPPA-11 ministerial statement in December last year. More>>

 

Wellington.Scoop: Our Housing Crisis – And The Unintended Consequences

There is no doubt that we are having some huge issues with housing in Wellington. Finding somewhere to live is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive... But why? And what happens next? More>>

ALSO:

Ministerial Inquiry: Broad Look At Mental Health And Addiction Services

The Government has taken a major step towards improving mental health and addiction services with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing details of a ministerial inquiry. More>>

ALSO:

Wealth: Two NZers Own More Than Poorest 30%

A staggering 28 per cent of all wealth created in New Zealand in 2017 went to the richest 1 per cent of Kiwis, while the 1.4 million people who make up the poorest 30 per cent of the population got barely 1 per cent, according to new research released by Oxfam. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Joint Working Group On Pay Equity Principles Reconvened

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, and Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, are reconvening the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles as the next step in pay equity for New Zealand women. More>>

ALSO:

Hapū: Prime Minister And Clarke Gayford Expecting First Child

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, have announced that they are expecting their first child in June. “We’re both really happy. We wanted a family but weren’t sure it would happen for us, which has made this news unexpected but exciting." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More >>

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages