Labour will support the next stage of National’s proposed workplace law reforms in good faith following negotiations with the Government, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse initiated these talks with Labour after we raised concerns about the Employment Standards Legislation Bill.
“The Pasifika and Future of Work paper released today shows Pacific people have real opportunities but also challenges in the coming years as the nature of work changes,” says Grant Robertson, Chair of Labour’s Future of Work Commission.
Steven Joyce should keep his hands off the successful New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, given his meddling history usually turns wine into water, says Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“The NZVIF has been extremely successful since Labour established it in 2002 to help businesses grow. It has supported a number of lower-profile businesses as well as better-known companies, such as Xero, Orion Health and Moa.
Steven Joyce’s culture of extravagance has been exposed again with $200,000 spent on an app that that has been downloaded just 1000 times and had to be given positive reviews by staff members, says Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“New Zealand Regions was an app launched to promote the Regional Economic Activity Report. It was likely never intended to be used much, just to look good at Steven Joyce’s launch party.
The Government should work with Hawke’s Bay orchardists who are struggling to find workers to promote jobs to New Zealanders before looking to any relax immigration rules, Labour’s Workplace Relations and Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“Representatives of the horticulture industry have assured me in the past few days that people working on orchards and in pack houses can earn well and have good working conditions.
Despite admitting global economic conditions are worsening, Bill English is seemingly unwilling to do anything to prepare the economy from outside shocks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“At Select Committee today Bill English said ‘there’s no reason to change policy’ even though he conceded that there is increased concern about the state of the global economy.
An Employment Court judgement requiring Talley’s AFFCO staff at its Wairoa freezing works to return to their normal shifts is a victory for the locked out workers, say Labour’s Workplace Relations Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway and MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“This has been a five month ordeal for the workers, their families and the wider Wairoa community,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.