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Thumbs up to Greens workers policies

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Thumbs up to Greens workers policies

Finsec, the finance sector union is giving a thumbs up the Green Party Industrial Relations policy announced today saying it offers tangible benefits to New Zealand workers.

"The Greens are proposing new policies that would improve the situation of New Zealand workers. On the issues that matter in the workplace - decent pay, fair terms and conditions, health and safety and a voice at work, the Greens proposals offer real improvements," said Finsec General Secretary Andrew Casidy.

"Families in particular would benefit from the Greens proposal to increase paid parental leave to 13 months. Well over half the workers in the finance sector are women and this parental leave improvement would provide greater security and support to those who wish to spend a longer time with their child after birth," said Casidy.

"Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, creating an additional public holiday, and better conditions for casual and temporary workers are policies that would see workers better off, and provide greater work-life balance. That is good for our society as a whole," said Casidy.

"The Greens industrial relations policy offers New Zealanders a clear vision for better workplaces. This is a stark contrast to the National Party industrial relations policy that seeks to remove rights and take us back to failed policies that saw workers worse off," said Casidy.


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