News about the Economy & Employment

Many regions need by-election levels of support

Northland is not the only region struggling under the National Government, but unfortunately places like Gisborne, Whanganui and Tasman do not have by-elections on the horizon, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.

“A desperate National Party has thrown money at the Northland region and promises more to come. It’s good that John Key is finally looking north of Helensville after decades of neglect but many other regions must be wishing they had a by-election coming up too.

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Invermay petition delivered to Parliament

Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark handed over a 12,450 signature Save Invermay petition to Dunedin South MP Clare Curran on the steps of Parliament today. 

“The level of support that the petition has received across New Zealand is overwhelming,” says David Clark.

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Cotton On first to test the tea breaks law

Australian corporate Cotton On, the first major business operating in New Zealand to exploit the new tea breaks law, could walk away from negotiations if it doesn’t get its own way, says Labour Party Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. 

“Cotton On has lodged a belated claim to reduce tea break arrangements to the bare minimum required in law during collective bargaining with FIRST Union members. 

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Joyce heading in wrong direction on two-speed economy

Steven Joyce’s denials that New Zealand is a two-speed economy shows he is the one driving on the wrong side of the road, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says. 

“Moody’s rating agency has said what New Zealanders have known for some time. New Zealand has a two-speed economy, where our critical export market is tanking while our domestic market, fuelled by Auckland housing prices and the Canterbury rebuild, is propping up the economy.

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External reference group for Future of Work Commission

Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Chair of the Future of Work Commission Grant Robertson has announced the membership of the External Reference Group which will guide the Commission’s work over the next two years.

“The External Reference Group brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to this important project. We have people from business, union, academic and community backgrounds, all of whom bring specialist skills that will provide expertise to ensure the Commission meets its goals.

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Major mis-steps in Future Footprint

New advice from the Auditor General shows AgResearch is playing fast and loose with taxpayer money, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says. 

“Preliminary inquiries by the Auditor General Lyn Provost have found New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute lacks a compelling and up-to-date business case for a proposed restructure involving $100 million of taxpayer dollars.


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English breaks another election promise

Finance Minister Bill English is set to break another promise to New Zealand workers, talking down the prospect of decent wage increases for workers in an interview today, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“National campaigned on the promise of average wage increases of more than $6000 in this term of government. In an interview on TVNZ’s Q and A show today Bill English poured cold water on that, saying that was part of a ‘political debate’.  

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Minister should talk to the hand that feeds

Craig Foss needs to leave his office and consult with those most affected by over-the-top ACC levies – small businesses, Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Jacinda Ardern says.

“The Government has its own Small Business Development Group whose purpose, according to its website, is to ‘advise Government on small business issues’.

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SkyCity hole sucks up more taxpayer cash

More evidence that taxpayers are being ripped off by a Government playing fast and loose with their cash has been provided by Television New Zealand, the SOE caught up in the dodgy SkyCity deal, Labour Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark says.

“Questioned at the commerce select committee today TVNZ Chair Wayne Walden admitted he had conversations with Minister Craig Foss about the sale of TVNZ land to SkyCity.


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