Challenges ahead in Labour Portfolio
CTU Media Release
22 January 2013
Challenges ahead in
The CTU has congratulated Simon Bridges
on his appointment as Minister of Labour.
CTU President said "there are many challenges in this
portfolio that previous Ministers in this Government have
failed to satisfactorily address including health and
safety, lifting the minimum wage, and addressing the major
problem of precarious work with so many on casual,
contracting, or short-term employment arrangements."
Government plans to make further significant negative
employment law changes this year, including reducing the
wage for young workers. These changes will make matters
worse for New Zealand families, and the test for this new
Minister is whether or not he is prepared to change track
and support the rights and aspirations of working New
Helen Kelly said that the CTU looked forward
to an opportunity to discuss these major issues with the new
"The CTU is hopeful that the incoming Minister
of Labour, Simon Bridges, will keep the momentum going on
implementing the outcomes of the Pike River Report," said
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