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Workplace policy promising more insecurity

Published: Mon 15 Sep 2014 12:19 PM
Workplace policy promising more insecurity
At a time when nearly half of all workers cannot get a pay rise and those who do are barely keeping up with the cost of living, National’s workplace policy has nothing to say about how the gains of a growing economy can be fairly shared, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says.
"The number one issue for working people this election is how they can lift their pay and conditions.
“Flexibility, as used by the Government is nothing more than the 90-day trial period on steroids.
"Promising more flexibility is a promise for more insecure, part-time and casualised work, all things that have seen wage packets cut.
“New Zealand has had one of the most deregulated labour markets for nearly 25 years, yet over the same period incomes for the bottom 50 per cent of earners has remained static or gone backwards.
“What’s needed is a serious discussion about making our labour market work fairly for everyone – employers and workers alike.
“Labour is committed to lifting the minimum wage, investigating new measures to ensure all workers get a fair share of the national income and ensuring labour market regulation encourages high productivity management conduct,” Andrew Little said.
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