27 July 2006
Maori workers oppose the Mapp Bill
"Current policies have reduced Maori unemployment from 19.3% to 8.7% today and Maori workers want to see more investment in education and skills training not false carrots like the Mapp Bill which will merely strip vulnerable workers of their legal protections and rights" Sharon Clair, CTU Vice President Maori told a Parliamentary select committee today on behalf of the CTU Te Runanga O Nga Kaimahi Maori o Aotearoa.
Parliamentary Select Committee hearings began this morning on National's 90 Day Employment Amendment Bill.
"Te Runanga contends that there is a better way to creating jobs and that more initiatives are needed that will lead to positive development and decent employment for Maori." Sharon Clair said.
"An investment approach, consistent with Hui Taumata 2005 has already shown what needs to be done." She said. "More is needed particularly for young rangatahi."