Yesterday’s announcements by Labour adds to the list of policies which increase or add new costs for businesses and make employing people more expensive.
That job-losing list includes: raising the minimum wage, Capital Gains Tax, more expensive ETS and imposing that on agriculture earlier, their 1970s industrial relations policies, bigger employer contributions to KiwiSaver and a charge on water.
Instead of policies to get the economy growing faster, they have policies which will require more borrowing which is what got us, and several other
troubles countries, into recession.
Contrast that with National’s policies which promote export led growth and will make it easier to employ people.
Among these is the employment relations policy announced by Prime Minister John Key this morning which includes a starting-out wage for young, first-time workers:
“A flexible and fair labour market is critical for building a stronger and more competitive economy, and creating more real jobs,” says Mr Key.
“National’s employment relations policy brings better balance to labour market rules. It encourages growth, creates jobs and protects workers’ rights.
“The starting-out wage will give some of our youngest and most inexperienced workers a much-needed foot in the door. It will provide them with valuable work experience that may not have otherwise been available to them.”
The starting-out wage will be set at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage and three groups of people will be eligible:
- 16- and 17-year-olds in their
first six months of work with a new employer.
- 18- and 19-year-olds entering
the workforce after more than six months on a designated benefit.
- 16- to 19-year-old workers
training in a recognised industry course involving at least 40 credits a
Mr Key also announced an extension to flexible working arrangements, improvements to collective bargaining and a review of constructive dismissal.
“National wants to see more people benefiting from flexible working arrangements. We’ll extend the right to request such arrangements to all employees, and allow employers to reach agreements without having to go through a formal process – saving time and money,” says Mr Key.
“We’ll also make changes to reduce bureaucracy and costs associated with collective bargaining, including removing the requirement to conclude a collective agreement.”
Mr Key says National will also take a close look at how allegations of constructive dismissal can be better managed.
“Altogether, these initiatives are part of National’s plan to give businesses the confidence they need to invest, grow and create higher-paying jobs.
“This comes on top of the good progress we’ve made in our first term of government, including establishing the successful 90-day trial for new employees, raising the minimum wage, improving the Holidays Act, reforming the personal grievance system and keeping the Hobbit
movies inNew Zealand.”
National’s employment relations policy is here.
Labour’s policy increase the cost and risks of employing people, National’s make it easier.
The difference is clear – Labour pains, National delivers.