Next idea for industrial relations

Labour liked to steal ideas from the UK and Tony Blair. Ideas like nicking taxpayer cash to fund a pledge card and selling titles for donations to the party coffers.

National should steal some ideas too.

On the industrial relations front national has at least made some progress by bringing in the sensible 90 day probation law and then extending it to all employers once the mass sackings that the seppo unions predicted never happened. It is actually the perhaps the single best thing National has done this term.

For their next installment I don’t think we could get any better than the proposals being mooted by David Cameron’s government in the UK.

The new “employers’ charter” will allow companies to sack workers during the first two years of their employment without the threat of being taken to a tribunal for unfair dismissal.

Currently an employee can bring an unfair dismissal claim after only a year.

To reduce the number of vexatious allegations, workers will face a fee when lodging an employment tribunal claim.

The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the Government is also launching a review that is likely to see small companies excluded from some stringent employment laws. The length of time that firms have to pay workers statutory sick pay is set to be reduced as part of the shake-up.

David Cameron hopes that relaxed employment laws will help to boost the private sector and encourage firms to take on thousands of new workers.

The unions here are getting all bolshie over 90 days, the Conservatives proposal in the UK is far more enlightened, two years no fault dismissal! Brilliant!

Kate Wilkinson actually did good in putting through the 90 day provisions, so far the unions have only managed to scare up two or three suspect cases, now she can crack on and extend it to 2 years to bring us in line with the UK.

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