INDEPENDENT NEWS

Labour's WINZ attack backfires

Published: Tue 23 Nov 1999 01:31 PM
"Labour's attack on WINZ for making a $100,000 payout to a disgruntled employee is misguided, as the situation is the fault of the employment laws supported by Labour and the Alliance," ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today.
"Lump sum payments to employees for grievances are the result of Employment Court and Employment Tribunal decisions which have seen a Wellington small business taken for $4,000 just for giving someone a job, through to golden handshakes to former government board members," Mr Prebble said.
"This is exactly the process that is stopping New Zealand Employers from creating jobs. Helen Clark, Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton have refused to listen to the fears of employers and are going to turn back the clock on employment law.
"The Minister of Labour Max Bradford has repeatedly sounded out Parliament for support for a law to curb such payments. Labour and the Alliance are not only against such a change, but judging from their policies, they want to extend it. The only party that has consistently opposed the rip-off claims against employers has been ACT.
"Latest figures show that in the last 12 months there were, on average, 400 employment issues per month filed with the Employment Tribunal. A total of 4,782 for the year. An Employment Relations expert in Auckland estimates that 75 to 80% of the issues filed are personal grievances.
"Labour can't complain about the employment laws that they have supported and want to make even worse," said Richard Prebble.
ENDS

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