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Accounts confirm time for action from Mr Complacent

The latest Government accounts show it’s time for Bill English to stop being so complacent and take action on the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.


“Not only is the deficit almost $100m higher than forecast, creating an $889m deficit, corporate tax was down by $240m.

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Orchardists should look in their own back yards

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.

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Yet more complacency from Bill English

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.

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Talley’s Court ruling a victory for workers

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.

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Labour to keep fighting to axe zero hour contracts

Labour will continue its fight to outlaw zero hour contracts after the Government broke its promise to scrap them, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“The Employment Standards Legislation Bill has been reported back from Select Committee without the changes needed for Labour to support it.

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Talley’s first to attempt to flout Mondayisation

It’s no surprise that Talley’s is the first employer to attempt to flout the Mondayisation of ANZAC and Waitangi Days, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“The Meat Workers Union has received a letter from Talley’s saying workers at its AFFCO Rangiuru plant could face disciplinary action if they refused to work yesterday’s Waitangi Day public holiday.

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No room for complacency in volatile 2016

The Government must not become complacent about a fall in the unemployment rate given the Reserve Bank Governor’s warning of increasing global uncertainty in 2016 and a plunge in dairy prices yet again, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.


“This year has started off in a volatile fashion with stock markets diving, the global dairy price continuing to slide and Fonterra’s forecast milk payout again dropping to well below break-even point for farmers.

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Worksafe needs to toughen up on farm deaths

National's lack-lustre approach to workplace deaths in the agriculture sector seems to be rubbing off on its workplace safety regulator Worksafe, Labour’s Workplace Safety spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

“Worksafe board chair has informed a parliamentary select committee it is reluctant to take prosecutions against farmers for workplace deaths on their farms.

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Labour urges Talley’s to end AFFCO lockout

Labour has urged Talley’s to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute with AFFCO workers which is having a severe effect on the employees, their families and their communities, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Opposition Leader Andrew Little and I have written to Sir Peter and Michael Talley to express our concern about the 170 Wairoa workers who have been locked out of their workplace since last September.

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