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


Give at least 90 days consultation on 90 day bill

For immediate release
Tuesday 9 December 2008

Give at least 90 days consultation on 90 day fire at will bill

Bank workers’ union Finsec is calling on the National government to allow the public at least 90 days of consultation on their bill which proposes to remove many fundamental legal rights during a worker’s first 90 days of employment.

Finsec Campaigns Director Andrew Campbell said that discussions with Finsec members before the election showed that even those who were planning to vote National had expressed serious concerns about the 90 days with no rights bill.

“Trampling workers’ rights so soon is no path to long term government. This is a poor choice of Christmas gift for our most vulnerable workers. National will lose support over this very quickly,” said Campbell.

“There is no pressing need for this bill to be passed under urgency. The government should afford all New Zealanders the opportunity to have a say on their proposal to remove basic and longstanding human rights. Such a process is a traditional hallmark of our democracy,” said Campbell

“National’s 90 days measure removes long-standing rights for workers and needs to be considered very carefully. Passing this bill under urgency creates a dangerous precedent – stripping rights off ordinary New Zealanders and providing no opportunity for the public to have a say,” said Campbell.

“There are many unanswered questions about how the proposed legislation would work. What happens when staff numbers go above or below the 20 staff threshold during a worker’s first 90 days? Will collective agreements override this probationary period? A select committee process could iron out these issues,”said Campbell

“The last thing workers need in a recession is another attack on their job security. We call on the government to display sound judgement and allow this bill to follow normal parliamentary procedures, including a select committee process,” said Campbell.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election