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


Extending fire-at-will bill will freeze market

December 12, 2008

Extending fire-at-will bill will freeze labour market

"Extending the fire-at-will bill to all workers will freeze the labour market rather than free it up," says Public Service Association National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.

The PSA is alarmed that Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson is saying the Government is open to extending the right for employers to sack workers in the first 90 days of a job, from employers with fewer than 20 workers, to every employer in the country.

"Giving every employer the power to sack staff in the first 90 days of a job, without the worker being able to challenge the dismissal, will be a disaster," says Richard Wagstaff.

"The government claims it would free up the labour market but in reality it would freeze the market because workers will be too nervous to change jobs"

"Currently more than 700,000 workers start a new job every year. Why does the government want to pass legislation that actively discourages these workers from trying to get ahead in their careers and their lives?"

"The message this sends to workers is don't risk selling your house and moving your family to take up a new job because you could be fired and lose everything."

"At a time when we desperately need to give the economy a boost the government wants to put on the handbrake."

"What the government is doing is bad for workers, bad for the economy and will freeze the labour market not free it up," says Richard Wagstaff


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election