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


Another Cost On Kiwis At The Behest Of The Unions

Labour is using Covid-19 as the justification for imposing new costs on employers in the form of an extra week of paid sick leave for each employee, but the real reason is because their union mates have been applying the pressure, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

“If Covid-19 really is the reason Labour want the change to sick leave entitlements, that come into effect tomorrow, then a better option would be to attach a sick leave response to the existing Covid relief package.

“It would be appropriate to limit the life of an increase to sick leave entitlement and target those who need to take time off work in response to the pandemic. Instead, Labour has used the funds for Covid recovery for policies completely unrelated to Covid.

“MBIE figures show the additional week will add about $1 billion a year to the nation’s wage bill. That’s about 1 per cent of the total wages paid New Zealand wide.

“Labour never gets tired of spending other people’s money, but it isn’t just businesses who will pay for this, it is every single one of us. The extra cost on business will inevitably end up being recouped by increasing the price of goods and services.

“The only thing this Government likes more than regulating businesses is imposing more costs on them. They seem to have forgotten how much businesses – especially small businesses – have been impacted by Covid-19 and have no hesitation in increasing wage costs in every way possible.

“It’s small and medium sized businesses that make up the bulk of our economy and they will be the ones hurt most by the new sick leave rules as they are the least able to absorb the extra cost not just of the leave but of replacing an employee who is away on leave.

“The unions have far too much power over Labour Party policy. They are connected politically, historically and financially, and clearly have decided that while they have a parliamentary majority they need to squeeze every ideological policy in.

“Making it more expensive to hire a new employee does nothing to encourage job growth. It seems there is a basic lack of understanding amongst Labour MPs about how businesses and our economy work.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19, 21/9: 1,085 Overall Cases, Auckland Moving to Level 3

14 new cases have been discovered in Auckland. Auckland will move to alert level 3 from 11.59pm on Tuesday night, and stay in level 3 for at least two weeks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. The rest of the country will remain in level 2, but will move from gatherings of 50 up to gatherings of 100... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On the Great Covid Mask Debate, plus a music playlist

Ay caramba. Only yesterday, Otago University epidemiologist Dr Nick Wilson was still feeling it necessary to suggest that the government should maybe make mask-wearing compulsory, in the likes of schools and workplaces. The chronic official reluctance to do so is still something of a puzzle. From the outset of the pandemic right through until Delta arrived... More>>


Government: Counter-Terrorism Bill Returns To Parliament

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity... More>>

Trans-Tasman: Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has been extended, given the current Delta outbreaks, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “When QFT was established with Australia, both our countries had very few recent cases of COVID-19 community transmission... More>>

Auckland: School holidays remain unchanged

School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo is the best course of action... More>>


Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>




InfoPages News Channels