The MBIE payroll debacle that could run into the millions of dollars shows how badly Steven Joyce has managed the creation of his empire, coming on top of spending scandals and strikes, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesman David Clark.
“It is a fundamental part of any organisation to be able to pay its staff properly. That the Ministry of Business cannot pay employees effectively is deeply embarrassing. This goes straight to Mr Joyce as the minister responsible.
“Mr Joyce is a well-known micro-manager, choosing the layout and colour of glossy publications, but his meddling leads to mistakes. Coming on top of SkyCity, Chorus and the expensive refit of MBIE’s headquarters, it seems he has the reverse Midas-touch.
“It is ironic that the man who claims to be fixing Novopay has another major payroll problem of his own to fix.
“Mr Joyce’s MBIE lurches from one debacle to the next. The common link in all of these things is a man not on top of his portfolios,”says David Clark.