Rodney Hide on Part 6A

Comrade Kate Wilkinson has been sitting on action over Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act, and has been doing so for quote some time.

On the quiet Beehive sources will say that some in business quietly want the provisions kept and those people have the ear of Bill English and his decreasing number of supporters, including Kate Wilkinson.

Part 6A locks in existing workers and sloppy work practice. It doesn’t protect “vulnerable workers”.

It protects slack businesses and poorly trained and managed workers. It’s anti-competitive. It drives up the cost of cleaning and laundry services including for government, which is the major country’s buyer.

However the businesses seriously affected by this pernicious sop to the unions are struggling with the effects of the law and still National does nothing, preferring prevarication over action:

National rightly slammed the Labour government for introducing Part 6A in 2006. But National in government has done nothing.

There has been a required statutory review of Part 6A in 2009. But then nothing. The minister is still sitting on the result.

The evidence is clear. Part 6A can’t be amended. It should be repealed.


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