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United Future opposes Progressive Holiday Bill


United Future to oppose Progressive Coalition Holiday Bill

United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, today told the New Zealand Retailers’ Association that his party would not be supporting the Member’s Bill proposed by the Progressive Coalition’s Matt Robson seeking four weeks’ annual leave for all New Zealand workers.

The Bill has been drawn from the ballot of Members’ Bills and should be considered by Parliament before Christmas.

“After careful consideration of Mr Robson’s Bill, it is our belief that the families of New Zealand will be better served by policies such as splitting the incomes of breadwinners and childcarers for tax purposes, paid parental leave, and by increasing family support payments,” said Mr Dunne.

“Nor do we believe that this is the right time to be loading New Zealand businesses with extra compulsory costs,” he said


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