Monday, December 8, 2008
Maori Party urged to oppose worker probation bill...
Labour is urging the Maori Party to oppose the 90 Day Employment Probation Bill.
National is planning to pass the bill through Parliament under urgency, before Christmas. The proposed legislation would allow employers with less than 20 staff to dismiss employees without any personal grievance claims.
Labour leader Phil Goff says the Maori Party can do nothing else but oppose the bill and oppose urgency. He says it would be unthinkable for the Maori Party to allow legislation which strips Maori, and other workers, of fundamental rights.
Mr Goff says National never told the public the law change would be a top priority, and gave no warning it would be rammed through under urgency.
However Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson says the policy was well known before the election.
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