The Finance Minister has gained a new nickname – One Dollar Bill – by claiming $1 would be a meaningful surplus after six years and two election campaigns promising the books would be hundreds of millions of dollars in the black this year, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“Bill English is so concerned that he will struggle to get the books out of the red this year he declared that a $1 surplus will be ‘meaningful’.
Labour is taking action against one of the most insidious attacks on vulnerable workers by today lodging a Member’s Bill against zero-hour contracts.
Certainty at Work Bill sponsor and Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says the spread of zero-hour contracts is a nasty result of the global financial crisis and the failure of Government to protect vulnerable workers.
The Labour Party's Future of Work Commission will focus on five core themes critical to ensuring New Zealand takes the opportunities presented by the rapid changes in working life
Speaking today at the Future of Work Conference at the Auckland University of Technology, Chair of the Commission and Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson outlined the themes and structure of the Commission that will run over the next two years.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I want to particularly thank Tim and Gael, and the team at the Future of Work Programme for this, and for organising such an interesting programme.
Looking at the programme it is clear to me that I have much more to learn than to offer in terms of a discussion on the future of work. It is heartening to see that there is so much work under way in New Zealand on the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing nature of work. I look forward to the presentations.
But being a politician the opportunity to speak is like offering an addict their next fix, so I am pleased to be able talk to you today about the Labour Party’s Future of Work Commission.
Productivity gains need to be coupled with positive employment relations legislation to ensure that working people get their share of a stronger economy, says Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway.
The Government may have ignored the pleas of first home buyers to take action on the housing crisis but it will struggle to ignore the Reserve Bank Governor who said ‘much more needs to be done’ to get more homes built, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“This Government has failed to deal with the housing crisis and effectively outsourced it to the Reserve Bank.
The Government’s failure to take action on the housing crisis has put pressure on the Reserve Bank Governor who has to deal with a rampaging housing market and low inflation at the same time, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
“This Government has given up on dealing with the housing crisis and effectively outsourced it to the Reserve Bank, giving the Bank a serious problem.
An ongoing and embarrassing pattern of major building leaks and equipment failures at Dunedin Public Hospital has been revealed in papers released under the Official Information Act, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.
“Documents released under the Official Information Act tell of buckets scattered around surgical wards, water leaking into sterile areas, and a relentless pattern of equipment failures, putting patients’ lives at risk.