Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Where is Labour’s holiday spirit?

Where is Labour’s holiday spirit?

People out for a coffee or a meal on Labour Day will pay extra because Labour has no holiday spirit, says National’s Industrial Relations spokesman, Wayne Mapp.

Under the Holidays Act, staff who work on a public holiday will be paid time-and-a-half for hours worked, as well as receiving a day off in lieu.

Dr Mapp says this effectively means that labour costs are 250% higher on a public holiday than on a normal working day.

In the hospitality industry where wages typically account for one third of costs, this simply means that many businesses that open will run at a loss on public holidays.

Many cafes and restaurants have introduced a public holiday surcharge of up to 15% to account for the additional costs of opening on these days.

“Labour said they wanted to fix the Holidays Act in time for Labour weekend. An amendment was passed last Tuesday but this ignored the big issues around the cost of public holidays to businesses,” says Dr Mapp.

“When the Holiday’s Act was originally introduced, Labour said it was to give proper recompense to people that had to work on public holidays. They should try telling that to people who can’t afford to go out for lunch with their families on Labour Day”.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Joining AUKUS Pillar Two


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.